An Alternative to Solar Roof Mounting
Rooftop solar arrays are the most common and the most cost effective way to locate a solar energy system for both residential and commercial needs. However, ground mounting of solar arrays is an option when rooftop mounting proves to be inadequate to meeting long term solar energy production goals.
Expert design and high efficiency solar products generally overcome minor space or interference limitations on a structure’s roof. When these limitations are significant, choosing to mount some or all solar panels on nearby ground expands solar power production options. Designing a solar system off roof like this provide benefits and a few added challenges.
Ground Mounted Solar Benefits
In general, mounting solar arrays to the ground would be considered when sufficient and suitable land is available. Land that is free of any shading obstructions, or where obstructions can be removed is mandatory. Flat land is preferred, however, minor slopes and contours can be accommodated in a good solar energy system design. Ideally, the land should be adjacent to the connection point and energy use to avoid too much added cost in routing the power cables away from the installation