Design of Mounting Systems: Structural engineers design or select appropriate mounting systems that securely anchor the solar panels to the building. This design must account for both the weight of the panels and any dynamic forces such as wind uplift. The mounting system also needs to be compatible with the type of roofing or surface it is attached to.
Seismic Considerations: In earthquake-prone areas, structural engineers must design installations that can withstand seismic forces. This means ensuring that the solar panels and their mounting systems maintain structural integrity during and after an earthquake.
Providing Technical Documentation: They prepare detailed drawings and technical specifications for the installation to comply with local building code requirements.The documents are used by installation teams and may be required for permitting and inspection purposes.
Retrofitting Existing Structures: When solar panels are to be installed on existing structures, structural engineers assess and design modifications needed to support the new solar panels, ensuring the safety and integrity of the older structure.