While rooftop solar arrays are the most common choice for homeowners, there are many reasons to consider a ground mounted solar panel system. Ground mounted solar panels cost the same as rooftop solar on a per-watt basis. If your property isn’t ideal for rooftop solar, installing a ground-mounted system can actually save you money in the long term! Rooftop solar arrays are restricted by the characteristics of the roof on which they are installed. If your roof isn’t at the right angle, doesn’t face south, or has obstructions like chimneys or skylights, then your solar array will be less productive. On the other hand, ground mounted solar panels can be located wherever the conditions are best.Ground mounted solar systems can be sized to match your electricity consumption without the space restrictions of a rooftop system.
If your home uses a lot of electricity, your roof might not be big enough for a solar energy system that meets your electricity needs. In contrast, ground mounted solar systems can be sized to match your electricity consumption without the space restrictions of a rooftop system.
First, ground mounted solar panel systems are very easy to place, because they can be located on open land. They don’t require drilling into your roof, and the bracing used in standard ground mount systems are lightweight and easy to remove.
Second, a ground mounted solar panel system can be more productive per panel than a rooftop solar array. Because they’re not dependent on your roof, ground mounted solar panels are set at the perfect angle to optimize energy production. This means you can generate more electricity than a comparably-sized rooftop system, and save more money in the long run.
Finally, ground mounted solar panels are very easy to access for cleaning and maintenance.
Ground-mounted solar panels score better than their roof-mounted counterpart is various ways, and here’s what you can expect.
No infrastructural changes. If you opt for roof-mounted panels, the least you’ll have to do to install them is drill holes in your roof. If your roof is not strong enough, you might have to reinforce it before you can install the panels. With ground-mounted panels, you don’t have to worry about making any structural changes to your home.
Ideal angle. Your roof’s orientation might not offer the ideal 30 degree angle that the panels require. With ground-mounted panels, you get considerably greater freedom in terms of where you can place them to get the ideal angle.
Expansion. A roof-mounted system might not leave too much room for expansion, especially if you don’t have the luxury of a very large roof. On the ground, availability of extra space is more common; ground mounts tend to accommodate larger panels; and the expansion process is simpler as well.
Easy maintenance. You get the most out of your solar panels if you keep them clean and free of dust, which is typically easier to do when your solar panels are on the ground, as opposed to on the roof. If, at any point, your roof requires repairs, you may have to disassemble and reassemble the solar panels to address the problem.
Increased efficiency. Ground-mounted panels have space below and this increases the airflow around them. Since panels perform at optimum levels when kept cool, increased airflow leads to better performance.
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