Project Solar does not currently facilitate solar installations on mobile or manufactured homes. This article will explain why and explain exceptions for modular homes, as well as provide recommendations for these types of projects.
- Recreational Vehicles: Motorhomes, Vans, etc.
- Manufactured Homes vs. Modular Homes
- Ground Mounted Options
Recreational Vehicles: Motorhomes, Vans, etc.
With #VanLife's recent popularity, many van owners have begun to use solar as a power source. However, It's important to remember that residential solar systems and solar kits for vans & RVs are designed very differently.
Residential solar panels are designed to produce energy for an entire home: this is not necessary for a smaller dwelling space like an RV, particularly because appliances used in RVs are typically smaller and more energy-efficient.
Most RV solar kits are under 1kW in size, which is another reason that we do not offer them--we only install systems over 2kW.
Another factor to consider is module size and capacity--residential solar panels are typically about 6ft long and 4ft wide, ranging from approximately 300W to 450W. They're built to withstand heavy snow loads and high wind gusts, which can also cause them to be quite heavy.
When we consider the RV's fuel efficiency and roof space in consideration, we can see that large panels like these are not usually a great option.
This is why companies manufacture and offer smaller, lighter panels that are streamlined for mobility. Plus, solar equipment for RVs is often much less expensive than residential solar, thanks to lower-wattage panels, less equipment, and less jurisdictional requirements.
The bottom line is that the equipment that we source at Project Solar is not built for use on RVs, motorhomes, or vans. Our processes and pricing are designed for residential solar installations, so it's generally a smarter choice to go through a dedicated RV solar provider.
Manufactured Homes vs. Modular Homes
Due to structural limitations, Project Solar does not install on manufactured homes.
Though they are more similar to a site-built home than an RV, manufactured homes are still built in a warehouse or factory. They are then transported to a temporary or permanent foundation.
Manufactured homes are built to national structural requirements from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Since they aren't built to local jurisdictional code, obtaining permits to install solar on manufactured homes can be virtually impossible.
Modular homes, on the other hand, are always built on a permanent foundation, and they're built in accordance with the same local code requirements as a site-built home. For this reason, Project Solar can usually install on modular homes.
Ground Mounted Options
A ground mount can be a good option for customers who aren't able to install solar on their roofs, and this includes mobile/manufactured home owners.
Ground mounted systems consist of panels installed on raised racking poles that are anchored into the ground. As long as you own the land that your home is on, we can usually offer a ground mounted system as an alternative to a roof installation.
To learn more about our ground mounted systems, check out this article.