Roof Mounted vs Ground Mounted Solar Panels

Solar panels aren’t just for rooftops. If you can’t install solar on your roof, or simply don’t want to, a ground mounted system can be an attractive alternative. Here are some important factors to consider, before installing ground mounted solar panels.

1. Land space

Unlike a rooftop solar panel system, a ground mount system takes up new, unused space on your property. When you put solar panels on your rooftop, you are using space on your property efficiently. However, when you install a ground mount system, you are using space on your property that can be used for another purpose. If you decide on a ground mount system, you’ll need enough sunny space for the solar panels themselves, as well as space for digging trenches and laying wiring. Your city may have zoning laws that limit the amount of space on your property you can use, as some jurisdictions dictate how close a ground mounted system can be to roads or property lines.

2. Pricing

Ground mounted solar panel installations require more equipment, which means they sometimes have a higher upfront cost, additional labor costs or permitting fees, beyond what’s needed for rooftop solar can also add to your upfront price. Fortunately, because you aren’t restricted by the size, tilt or angle of your roof, ground mount solar panel systems can be built to maximiz electricity production, thus producing more solar electricity, than a similarly sized rooftop system.

3. Electricity Needs

Ground mount systems are typically larger than rooftop solar installations. If you have relatively low electricity needs and can get by with a smaller solar panel system on your roof, it may not be worth it to pay more for a large ground mount system. 

Sunlight Solar can help you compare the costs and benefits of rooftop vs. ground mounted solar panel installations, so that you can ensure you’re installing the right system for your needs. Contact Sunlight Solar, Inc. and get your free preliminary estimate today. Call us at (858) 564-8032 if you have any questions or you are interested in our services.

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