The short answer to this is, “It depends”!
Just by exploring the idea of going solar, you’re already taking an important step toward living more eco-friendly while reducing your expenses. But, we get it. When you see all the options out there for solar panel installation, it can get overwhelming. Perhaps you thought roof-mounted solar panels were the only option, and that ground-mounted wasn’t a choice at all. Or maybe you’re not sure if your community or HOA allows solar panels to be installed.
Whenever you need help making a decision about solar or you’re exploring your options, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. In the meantime, read on to learn about the difference between solar-mounted and roof-mounted solar panels, to decide which is right for your specific needs and home.
The Restrictions of Rooftop Panels
Solar panels can sometimes be restricted by things like the quality of the roof. For example, if your roof isn’t south-facing, isn’t at a good angle, or if the solar panels will be blocked by skylights or a chimney, then you can’t possibly have effective solar energy consumption.
Another thing to consider is the size of your roof. It might not be big enough for a solar energy system that is capable of meeting the electrical demands of your living space. After all, electrical needs have grown considerably in recent years.
The Ease of Ground-Mounted Solar Panels
Ground-mounted solar panel systems can be installed on any open land, and are easy for our solar professionals to install and service for you. There’s no drilling involved like there is with roof-mounted systems, and the components that are used to secure standard ground-mounted systems are relatively lightweight and simple to take out.
Ground-mounted panels can be set at any angle, and can face the precise direction that they need to in order to get the most from the free energy of the sun. While restricted by rooftops, ground-mounted solar panels help you generate more electricity than a comparably-sized rooftop system.
All that said, it’s important to consider your budget. Roof-mounted systems are a bit more affordable. Ground-mounted systems have a costlier per-watt price due to the labor and land permits required to successfully install the components. But once you get that permitting, ground-mounted systems can be placed wherever conditions are ideal.
Is There Just One Type of Ground-Mounted Solar Panel?
Nope. Actually, there are a couple different kinds of ground-mounted solar panel systems. There are the standard ground mounts like we’ve been talking about above, and also the pole-mounted solar panel system.
Pole-mounted solar panels can support multiple panels on a single pole, and are able to elevate them higher off the ground. This is a great option if space is limited or you have a lot of tall, shady trees in the way.
We know all this information can be overwhelming. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our solar experts for help determining what the best option for your specific home may be.