Alternative To Roof-Mounted Solar Panels
When someone first hears about solar panels, the first type of solar panel that pops into their heads is a generic roof mounted solar panel. As the most popular type of solar panel installation, that is completely right. But, if you’re considering having solar panels installed, it’s important that you look into other options that are available. This includes ground-mounted solar panels or even pivoting panels that track the sun in its journey across the sky.
Choosing Ground-Mounted Solar Panels
There are many reasons as to why you, as a home owner (or in some rare occasions, a business owner), should consider a ground-mounted solar system opposed to a roof-mounted solar system.
Limitations of a Roof-Mounted Solar System
When choosing a roof-mounted system, there are all kind of limitations that can stop you from having solar panels installed which do not apply to ground-mounted solar systems.
These limitations include:
- Your home’s roof does not have to be facing a certain direction as they will not be installed on the roof.
- Unlike roof-mounted solar panels, things such as chimneys and skylights do not hold you back.
- Space is less of an issue for those who have large yards.
There are many different factors to be taken into account if your solar panels are mounted to your roof. Although on your yard, there are a lot less things to worry about.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Ground-mounted Solar Panels
The biggest advantage when it comes to ground-mounted solar panels is that spacing is less of an issue. Not only does this make the our job a lot easier than roof-mounted solar panels, but it means that you are able to have more solar panels in general. Having more solar panels means more savings. More savings means you can have more money to save, to invest or keep for you to buy something you.
Another advantage is that ground-mounted solar panels are a lot easier to clean than roof-mounted solar panels, and you are able to clean them yourself rather than have to pay someone else to do so for you!
The only disadvantage to having ground-mounted solar panels would be if you do not have as big a yard as you’d like to have. This will limit you to how many solar panels you can have installed, although if you are not home often then it is definitely worth looking into.
A last thing to keep in mind is that if you have a smaller yard, then you will not be able to use it as as freely as before. If you have a large yard, then this is not a problem and you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of solar panels while also being able to enjoy your yard.