Simply put, a ground-mounted solar power system is exactly what it sounds like: It’s a system of solar panels that you can set on the ground instead of on the roof of your home.
The photovoltaic technology used in ground-mounted solar systems performs the same function as the solar panels installed on rooftops, converting sunlight into energy. On the other hand, we do not install Ground-mounted solar panels on the roof but rather place them on the ground at an angle of 30 degrees to maximize the amount of light they absorb and, therefore, their production.
Why are Ground-mounted solar power systems becoming more popular?
We can set up Solar panels placed on the ground almost anywhere on a property as long as there is enough open space and adequate exposure to the sun. Depending on the construction of the racking system, the height at which the panels are mounted may range anywhere from a few inches to a few feet above the ground. We may find a solar inverter either on the mounting system behind the panels or within the home. The inverter receives electricity from the panels and converts it as needed.
The same solar panel sizes we often use in residential rooftop solar installations, we typically also use in residential ground-mount solar installations. We know this size of solar panel as 60-cell solar panel. On the other hand, larger-scale ground-mounted systems, such as the solar panels used in solar farms, often employ solar panels that are bigger and have 72 cells. Backyard solar panels, free-standing solar panels, and ground-mount PV systems are all names that we use interchangeably to refer to ground-mounted solar panels.
Are Ground Mounted systems costly?
A Ground mounted solar system comes with both positive and negative economic implications.
Installing ground-mounted solar panel systems requires the construction of a support structure for the panels, which adds to the overall project cost. Ground-mounted foundation requires poles and racking systems, and as a result of it, there is an increase in the total cost of the material. Since ground installations need structural design and foundation designs, we classify them as separate construction projects. This makes the process of obtaining a permit far more difficult in comparison to that of installing wall or roof panel systems.
On the other hand, ground-mounted solar panel systems contain tracking devices that allow for a degree of adjustability. Because of this, power outputs are often greater than those of other kinds of installations.
Ground-mounted vs. rooftop solar panels
The names of these two types of solar panels give away the primary distinction between them: ground-mounted and rooftop. We connect ground-mounted solar panels to the ground, as opposed to rooftop panels installed on the roof of the building. The following is a list of the many reasons why a Ground mounted solar system, which you can purchase from a provider such as Impact Energy, are a better choice than rooftop solar systems:
1. Simple in Both Cleaning and Upkeep
Ground-mounted solar panels are much simpler to clean and maintain compared to roof-mounted panels due to their location, which is on the ground rather than on the roof. If your panels do need repair, it will be far simpler to access them from the ground than it would be to do so from the roof. They will also be simpler to brush off in places that get a significant amount of dust or snow.
2. Greater amounts of produced energy
Another reason why ground-mounted solar panels have become such a popular option in the generation of renewable energy is that they can produce a greater amount of electricity as a result of their enhanced efficiency. If you want that the solar panels absorb the maximum amount of sunlight, then you have to install them at the ideal angle.
3. No Limits on the Amount of Roof Space
Do you have a large amount of land that’s simply sitting there soaking up the sun? Awesome! It implies that you have even more room available to install ground mounted solar panels. Because the size of your roof is a limiting factor for rooftop panels, the quantity of solar energy you can generate will decrease if there is no more space on your roof that faces either the south or the west.
4. Command and Control of the Location
If the shade of falling leaves or tree branches falls directly on the roof of your house, installing a solar energy roofing system on that home is probably not the best idea. On the other hand, a landowner may decide to put a ground-based solar array wherever on their property. It provides the landowner with the chance to position the array in the part of their property that receives the most sunlight.