You will most frequently find ground mounted solar panels on solar farms, and it is likely to be the first thing that you associate ground mounted solar panels with. After all, when we think of solar power for our homes, the first image that we get is panels that are mounted on rooftops. After all, it is seen as the best and most effective way of generating solar power for your home. However, ground mounted solar panels can be just as cost effective, easy to install, and efficient, as their roof mounted counterparts.
Why Ground Mounted Solar Panels are a Good Idea
In many cases, the best option is a ground mounted solar array for your home. While the rooftop solar panels are the most common choice for homeowners, there are actually quite a few reasons you should take the time to consider a ground mounted solar panel system instead.
Typically speaking, ground mounted solar panels will cost around the same amount as rooftop solar panels when it comes to the price per watt. If you find that your property isn’t suitable for a rooftop solar array because the roof cannot support it, or is too small, then a ground mounted array could actually end up saving you money in the long run.
Rooftop solar panel systems are ultimately restricted by the characteristics of the roof on which they are installed. If your roof is not set at the right angle (such as not facing south), or is obstructed by things like shade and chimneys, your solar system will be much less productive. Ground mounted solar panels, however, can be located anywhere on your property – so you get the best locations.
If you live in a home that uses a lot of electricity, your roof may not actually be large enough for a solar system that can meet your energy requirements. However, purchasing and installing ground mounted solar panels could be an excellent solution to matching your energy consumption without any restrictions.
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Types of Ground Mounted Solar Panel
There are two main types of ground mounted solar system available. They are as follows:
Standard ground mounts. These use metal framing that is driven into the ground to hold your solar panels up at a fixed angle. Some of these arrays can be adjusted manually several times a year, allowing you to account for seasonal shifting of the sun.
Pole mounts. These support multiple solar panels on a single pole, as well as elevating panels higher off the ground than a standard ground mount would. These usually have tracking systems incorporated. These allow the solar panels to tilt automatically, capturing the optimal amount of sunshine throughout the day.
Tracking systems are a great investment. They can increase the overall production of your solar panels by 25%, or possibly even more. If you decide to add a tracking system to your solar array, you will be given the option of a single axis or dual axis system. The former of these tracking systems move your solar panel over the course of the day, following the sun as it moves through the sky. The latter of the two tracking systems is able to do the same as the single axis, but is also able to adjust itself based on the seasonal variations in the sun’s position.
The Benefits of Ground Mounted Solar Panels
The great thing about ground mounted solar arrays is that they are beneficial to all homeowners. Even if you are an eligible candidate for a rooftop solar panel system, there are many benefits to selecting a ground mounted solar array instead.
Firstly, the ground mounted solar systems are incredibly easy to place. This is due to that fact that they can be placed on open land. No drilling into your roof is required at any stage, and the bracings that are used in these systems are easy to remove as well as lightweight. In the pole mount system, the bracings tend to be a little heavier and more securely installed.
Secondly, the ground mounted solar system is able to be more productive and efficient per panel than a typical rooftop solar array. This is because they are not dependent on your roof. Instead, they are set at the perfect angle to optimise energy production. This means that it is possible for you to generate more electricity than a roof system of around the same size, and it will also lead to you saving more money in the long run.
Finally, the ground mounted solar systems are much easier to access than their rooftop counterparts. If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow in the winter, being able to easily sweep the snow off your rooftop solar panels can be a dangerous inconvenience. Ground mounted systems, make this much easier, as well as safer.
Getting Ground Mounted Solar Panels Installed
Most installers will be able to offer you a ground mounted solar array as an installation option. One of the great things is that the price for this system is actually around the same as a rooftop solar array. If you decide to install the tracking features, you will have to pay a larger initial cost upfront, but the resulting increase in electricity production can make a tracking system much more cost effective for a large number of homeowners.
When you go to look into your ground mounted solar system being installed, the best thing for you to do is make sure you get a few quotes from different suppliers. This will also help you to determine what you want from your new energy supplier.
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