Ground Mount PV Solar
While rooftop solar arrays are the most popular choice for homeowners, there are many reasons to consider a ground-mounted PV solar system if you have land or space available.
Rooftop solar arrays are restricted by the characteristics of the roof on which they are installed. If your roof is too steep or too flat, doesn’t face south, or has obstructions like vents, chimneys, or skylights, then your solar array will be less productive. On the other hand, ground-mounted solar panels can be located wherever the conditions are best and they can be optimized with optimal orientation and tilt to maximize solar production.
Generally, ground mount solar panels cost a bit more than rooftop solar on a per-watt basis because of additional labor and permitting that may be required for the installation. That being said, if your property isn’t ideal for rooftop solar, installing a ground-mounted system can actually save you more money in the long run. If your home uses a lot of electricity, your roof might not be big enough for a solar energy system that meets your electricity needs. In contrast, ground-mounted solar systems can be sized to match your electricity consumption without the space restrictions of a rooftop system.