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Local Council & Solar Requirements

Installing a DAT in an urban or town environment:

Your local Town Council or planing department & possibly the Clean Energy Council, may want to have a say if you are On-Grid, on how you install your rooftop solar, this is largely due to issues relating to any reflective rays shining at your neighbours or that may cause traffic issues, as well as incorrect conduit, wiring & solar panels coming loose & the possibility of panels blowing-off the roof during extremely bad weather conditions.

With the installation of any DAT unit there will be NO reflective sun-rays, as all solar panels on a DAT face perpendicular (directly) at the Sun, the panels on a DAT unit can be built to be just 30cm off the ground, further minimising the risk of any injury.

The above mainly relates to Urban/Town installations, as on acreage or Rural properties, the addition falls under building improvements, in the event of badly fitted panels working loose due to incorrect installation, or a Cyclone, the panels would simply hang by the DC connectors or disconnect & fall and lay flat on the ground.

Installing a DAT in a Rural environment:

It is a lot easier & less complicated to install a DAT unit in a rural location, away from Shading from trees & buildings etc..

If structurally stable a DAT Mast can be tied back to a building Wall or anchored atop a concrete slab using a bespoke Spider Foundation, or the Simpliest is a double flanged foundation Pole that you dig a 50cm post-hole & Cement it in.

The most difficult job my be the Trenching to run the Wiring back to the premises, installation of a single DAT in a Rural location can be as simple as Cementing a single thick walled Foundation Pole into the Ground, this starts from a minimum 40cm diameter x 130cm Deep Hole for a DAT-4 units Foundation Pole, DAT-15 units or larger commonly used Cement bvlock or Ground Screw Foundation that does not require Concrete.

All our DAT Foundation Poles & Masts come with over engineered to provide the best possible solution. Thick walled double flanged foundation poles and Masts, would be very similar to installing a old school Hills cloth hoist in the back yard, but a lot stronger!


As with all Roof-top and DAT installations, there will be the matter of safety relating to how secure the solar panels are fixed to the racking, predominately relating to high wind conditions where the panels may happen to be blown off, with a DAT unit this largely relates to a DAT unit being possibly blown over like a Tree, if incorrect Foundations are installed in the wrong ground type.

The Optional safety equipment like Anemometer (Wind Sensor), where in High winds the Wind Sensors automatically triggers the DAT to the stow position (horizontal-Flat position) to minimise damage, and Rotational Stop Sensors are there if the control box looses it's stored programmed memory.

Some customers configure there DAT night stow to face East, ready for the very first rays of sunrise the next morning, and if during the night if high winds exceed the programmed speed, it trigger the DAT will stow flat during the night;.

If you are aware of or run into any matters your Council tables in relation to safety, we would be very interested in hearing there arguments & assisting you in setting there concerns aside.


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