Is Ground Solar A Right Choice For You?

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From the minute I toured my house for the first time, I knew that I would be making many changes to the way it was set up. The fact that the house is on top of a big hill with limitless sunlight gave me the idea to install a solar power system for the entire house. I started digging and researching everything that it would take to go completely solar powered for my home. My blog contains all of the facts and information that I compiled over the year that I took to learn all that I could about utilizing the sun to power my home.


Is Ground Solar A Right Choice For You?

6 April 2016
 Categories: Environmental, Blog

If you have been thinking of getting solar panel system for your home, but you aren't sure about putting the panels on your roof, then you should know this is another option. A ground solar panel system can be a viable alternative for people who either don't want panels on their roofs or can't place them there for a variety of reasons. Here are some advantages and disadvantages to choosing ground panels over roof panels.

No need for roof modifications with ground panels:

Many homes will need some type of roof modification unless the home was originally built to accommodate rooftop solar panels. If your roof is old, it may also need to be replaced before a solar system can be installed. Rooftop solar panels may also not be feasible if you have a small roof, an odd-shaped roof or a roof with a lot of features such as chimneys and vents.

More efficient and discreet placement is possible on the ground:

If your home is heavily shaded, it may be hard to get good use out of rooftop panels. You may also have restrictions placed by your homeowner's association about how visible these panels can be in your neighborhood. Ground panels can easily be placed in more effective areas depending on the size of your yard and how shaded it is. They are also easier to hide from public view.

Ground panel systems are easier to clean and keep cool:

Solar panels work best when they are kept clean and clear of snow and since they are easier to access, this can be done more easily. Also, solar panels are less efficient when they become overheated during some parts of the year. Ground solar panels have better air circulation and are easier to keep them cool and working efficiently.

Disadvantages to ground solar panels:

Though these panels have advantages over rooftop solar, there are some disadvantages. Space in your yard would be the most limiting factor, especially if you have a shady yard. Fortunately, ground solar panels come in a wide range of sizes and shapes depending on how much power you need. If you think ground panels would be unsightly, then you may be surprised at the number of ways that they can be arranged to be efficient without cluttering up the yard. Some ground panel systems may be affected by bad weather and will need more secure mounting.

If you want to know more about adding ground solar panels to your property, contact a solar installation company for more information. They can let you know if ground solar will work for you, or give you other ideas and suggestions if it is not possible. Companies like USA Solar Electric may be able to meet your needs.