Solar Panel Ground Mounting Systems
Mar 29, 2017
If you’re considering installing solar panels for your home, you likely expected to install them on your roof. This is an effective option, but there are other mounting systems available for residential solar systems. Ground-mounted solar systems cost the same as rooftop solar panels on a per-watt basis but also offer a number of other benefits you should consider before making your purchase.
What Is a Ground-Mounted System?
While most residential solar panel systems are installed on the roof of a home, the natural constraints of your roof offers a limited amount of space. Rooftop panels are restricted by the size and shape of your roof as well as how your house is situated, as solar panels should only be installed on an area of your roof that will be receiving significant, consistent sunlight.
Ground-mounted panels get around these limitations by moving from a cramped roof to the open area surrounding your home. They can be placed wherever the conditions are best and expanded as needed without worrying about taking up too much space.
There are many homeowners who forego solar simply for aesthetic reasons. They find solar panels on roofs to be an eyesore, and may be concerned that the appearance may make it difficult to sell their home in the future. Ground solar panels eliminate these concerns.
Ground panels come in two varieties:
Standard ground mounts
are driven into the ground with metal framing and hold panels at a fixed angle. Some can be manually adjusted at different angles every few months to account for the sun’s changing position with the seasons.
can support multiple panels at a raised level above the ground. Many include a tracking system that tilts the solar panel at whatever angle will best capture sunlight.
Benefits of Ground Mounting
Ground-mounted panels, especially pole mounts, offer a number of benefits over their rooftop counterparts, potentially saving you even more time and money over the years.
- Pole mount tracking systems come in single-axis varieties which move the panels over the course of the day to catch the most light, as well as double-axis systems that also adjust based on seasonal variations in the sun’s position.
- A grounded solar panel system allows for easy maintenance and replacement of parts as necessary without the need to climb on the roof or remove special brackets.
- As long as you have land space that’s relatively unobstructed by trees or fencing, you have limitless room for expansion of your solar system, allowing you to increase the amount of energy produced and decrease your electrical bills.
Wholesale Solar Solutions
Energy Saving Pros is an established photovoltaic (PV) developer and installer. We’re proud to provide versatile solar power solutions for residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial and educational clients. Choose from ground and roof mounted solar panels to find the system that works best for you. Contact us today to get a free quote and learn how much you can save!