While most solar installations are found on roofs, free-standing, there are many reasons to consider ground mounted solar panels. For one thing, ground mounted solar panels can be placed so that they face south, and can be angled to absorb the maximum amount of sunlight. If your home uses a lot of electricity, a roof mounted system may not be big enough to meet your needs. In that case a ground mounted system can be sized to match your electricity consumption without the space restrictions of a roof mounted system.
Solar panels that are installed at the ground level function very similarly to rooftop solar systems – panels are exposed to sunlight which is converted to electricity by solar cells in order to power a home or business. There are two main types of ground mounted systems:
Standard ground-mounts use metal framing driven into the ground to hold solar panels up at a fixed angle. In some cases, standard ground-mounted solar panel systems can be manually adjusted during the year to account for seasonal shifts of the sun.
Pole-mounted solar systems support multiple solar panels on a single pole and elevate panels higher off the ground than a standard ground mount. Pole-mounted solar systems often incorporate a tracking system (either single axis or dual axis) that automatically tilts the solar panels to capture the optimal amount of sunshine. This can increase the production of your solar panels by 25 percent or more.
Bone Dry Solar’s expert solar installers can help you decide whether ground mounted solar panels are the best option to maximize the performance and value of your solar installation.
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