Most residential solar customers opt to have their solar panels mounted on their rooftops because this is where the greatest amount of sunlight can be harvested. Unfortunately, roof-mounted solar isn’t always feasible for a number of reasons. For instance, you may have a roof that’s unsuitable for solar mounting, such as slate or cedar tiles. Or your homeowner’s association may not want to give you permission to put solar panels on your roof for aesthetic reasons. Or you may not want something so substantial on your roof if the roof will need replacement soon.
In these situations, you may want to look into ground-mounted solar panels, which can be installed elsewhere on your property. SolExergy has experience installing ground-mount solar panels, which means we also have a few dos and don’ts for anyone interested in having your own.
DO consider how much space you have for the installation
One perk of roof installation is that you’re probably not using that space anyway. Ground-mount solar installations can take up quite a bit of room on the ground, and if your property isn’t substantial enough, you could be taking up valuable real estate in your lawn or other acreage that you’d rather use for other activities. And that homeowner’s association that doesn’t like to see solar panels on the roof may be just as opposed to seeing them in your backyard. Of course, the more land you have, the more solar panels you may be able to install, increasing your energy capacity.
DO consider that this may be more complicated than a roof installation
Adding ground-mounted solar to your property is not as simple as just putting up a few solar panels on the ground. A ground-mounted solar installation requires building a structure for the solar panels to be mounted on (a role played by your house in a rooftop installation). In addition, the type of soil that you intend to build on plays a big part in what the system will look like. You may need to have your soil inspected and approved by a government official if you live in a city with strict building codes due to high winds, large amounts of winter snow, or high risk of an earthquake. This can add to the cost of the installation, as the ground-mount foundation size and design requirements may take more customization.
DO consider legal issues
As with most solar installations, ground-mount systems are subject to state and federal laws. Code-compliant materials, building permits, fire codes, and property lines are all aspects of ground-mount systems that you’ll have to take into account when installing your own. Of course, this is similar to installing roof-mounted panels, but it’s important to be aware of it nonetheless.
DON’T try to DIY ground-mount installations
Yes, there are options out there for installing ground-mount solar panels on your own. But because of all of the factors listed above, we absolutely do not recommend that you go this route. By using a licensed contractor, you can ensure that your installation is compliant with codes and legal requirements and that the installation is done properly. With the right solar contractor, you can find a quality solution for a ground-mount installation and get good advice on where, how, and what to install.
Rio Rancho Solar Installation
As a solar installation company that is also a construction contractor, SolExergy is able to install ground-mounted solar panels that can be attached through a pile driver rather than a cement base, which saves you money and mess. Contact us today to find out more about our commitment to quality and excellence in solar.