Ground-Mounted Solar Panels: Top 3 Things You Need to Know

| 6/16/2016 10:16:00 AM

ground mounted solar panels

When homeowners think of installing a solar energy system on their home, rooftop solar is probably the first thing to come to mind. What you may not realize: installing ground mounted solar panels is both easy and cost-effective, and is actually the smartest option for many homes. We'll walk you through the top three things you need to know about ground-mounted solar. 

1. In many cases, ground-mounted solar is your best option.

While rooftop solar arrays are the most common choice for homeowners, there are many reasons to consider a ground mounted solar energy system.

Generally, ground-mounted solar costs the same as rooftop solar on a per-watt basis. If your home 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, your solar array will be less productive. Ground-mounted solar energy systems, on the other hand, can be located wherever the conditions are best.  

In addition, if your home uses a lot of electricity, your roof might not be big enough for a solar array that meets your energy needs. In contrast, ground-mounted solar systems can be sized to match your electricity consumption without the space restrictions of a rooftop system.

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