When most people think of solar panels, what comes to their mind first is rooftop solar panel mounts. But this is not the only option as there is also the ground mount solar system. Even though most people prefer the rooftop solar mount, ground mount solar system can be advantageous in so ways.
If you’re a homeowner planning to install the best ground-mounted solar panels system, there are several things that you ought to know. Ground-mounted solar panels installation can be costly to install and needs a lot of space for installation, but it is more efficient in solar energy production.
Ground mount solar system is easier to access as it has no interaction with the roof. This means that you won’t experience roof damage, leakage or have to move the panels when making roof repair or replacement.
Here are some of the things that you need to know before installing ground mount solar panels:There are two types of ground-mounted solar systems
Not all ground-mounted solar systems are equal and for this reason, you will have to select between standard ground-mounts and pole-mounted solar systems.
- Standard ground mounts – this type of ground mount solar utilizes metal framing which is driven into the ground to hold the panels up at a certain angle.
- Pole-mounted solar systems – these support multiple solar panels on a single pole. They also elevate panels higher off the ground when compared to ground mount solar systems. Most polar mount systems have tracking systems, which automatically tilt the solar panels to the direction of the sun.
Installing a ground mount solar system is more complicated and cumbersome than installing rooftop solar systems. In rooftop installation, half the setup is done as the roof acts as the structure and only a solar racking system and solar panels are needed. But with ground mount solar, you have to install the structure, put up a solar tracking system and the solar panels. Ground mounted solar panels system is also expensive when compared to the rooftop solar system.Get Approval and Built the Ground Mount Solar Systems to City Standards
It is important that you get approval before installing any solar system. You should get a building permit and buy code-compliant materials before installing your ground mount solar system. The good news is that most PV solar panels are compatible with most forms of land use and licensing is normally done on a local level.
The key concern is normally about fire as the solar system has to be UL 2703 code compliant. This means that the solar system has the ideal structural capacity to defy high surges of electricity and don’t start house fires.Have your Property line Surveyed?
Problems with property line can come up and that’s why you need it to be surveyed before installing ground-mounted solar panels systems. For instance, if you build your solar panel mounts close to the property line, the whole system might be brought down and end up costing you a lot. Note that property line requirements vary from one state to another
Before installing a ground mount solar system or any other solar system, it is vital that you speak with one of the solar contractors to find out what is required so that you’re not inconvenienced in the end. Different city or states have different requirements for solar installations.
Talk to Fire Mountain Solar contractors today to find out if you qualify to install a ground mount solar in your compound. We not only offer advice but as well full-service installation, consultation, training, and much more. Contact us and get a free quote.