What is Solar Ground Mounting?

December 23, 2021

Ground mounting is generally associated with commercial solar installations; however, its cost-effectiveness is the same for residential facilities. Ground mounting can be a bit costly than roof mounting but it offers many positive aspects that you may not find in the roof mountings in hindsight. For instance, if your roof doesn't provide an ideal spot for installation, it would eventually affect your solar panels' overall productivity, and that could cost you a lot over time. However, it can be overturned by switching to ground-mounted solar systems. These systems are easily installable in any given landscape. And they might save you a fortune in the long term.


Ground mounting also offers a lot of space for installing your modules. That's why commercial sites prefer ground mounts over roof mounts. Roof mounts provide limited space and possibilities, and if you are not getting an ideal angle, it's not right for you. On the other, ground mounting gives you a lot of areas to play. Ground-mounted panels are also easy to access. It's comparatively more comfortable to get the best out of your module when mounted on the ground. With its name being self-explanatory, let's quickly move on to its further classification. 


Standard ground mounts


It is a typical ground-mounted setup that uses metal frames. These frames are driven into the ground to firmly hold the solar panel sat a designated angle for the panels to achieve maximum sunlight. Many times, angles are manually adjusted, keeping in view the seasonal transitions of the sun.


Pole-mounted solar panels.


 As the name suggests, in a pole-mounted solar panels system, more than one panel is mounted on a single pole and elevated to gain a height, notably more than standard ground-mounted solar panels. These solar panels perform better with a tracking system. This tracking system works just like a sunflower, and it automatically adjusts the solar panels to gain maximum sunlight and increases its efficiency.


Aluminum ground mounting


Aluminum ground mounting is more like standard ground mounting. The racks used in the installation are pre-assembled and are made of aluminum. The rails are clamped onto the frames, and the panels are then mounted on these rails. This system is famous for its quick installation and cost-effectiveness. They have shown resilience towards the high winds and snow loads because of its strengthened mounting structure. Aluminum-made components make sure that your investment lasts longer and durable. This system is designed to adapt to any environment and mobility.


Carbon steel mounting


Carbon steel mounting components are an innovation in the solar industry. These components are made to adapt to any environment and are portable with any mounting system. These components enjoy their fair deal of fame because of their strength and corrosion resistance. They make sure your investment is safe for a hefty, more extended period and provide all the support they need. Carbon steel offers strength, mobility, corrosion resistance and is also cost-effective. They are pre-assembled and are installation ready.


Pile mounting solutions


The pile mounting is a very low-cost solution for large-scale commercial installations as well as residential installations. It can be installed for frameless modules and is also portable with framed modules. The best thing about pile mounting is that it can be effectively done on terrains with the uneven landscape. It uses a ramming post to drive piles in the ground, which is good for two things, it eliminates the need for unnecessary excavation, and two, its pile-driven machine reduces extra labor and saves much time. If you are thinking of a large-scale installation, go for pile mounting solutions because it could save you a fortune in labor. It offers easy maintenance, whether it's around or under the panels for single post systems.  


Solar farms solutions


Solar farms of solar parks act as powerhouses for the electricity generated through solar energy. They produce energy for mass usage and are spread from 1 to 1000 acres. Unlike other electricity production grids, they are entirely climate-friendly and produce clean energy without any noise or waste. You do not require any planning permissions and are ready to go. They are mostly used for agricultural purposes, sheep grazing and are equally famous among small communities to pursue energy independence. It's a blessing for people living in areas where electricity hasn't been reached yet.


Many solar installers prefer ground mounting systems over roof mountings, and rightly so. It gives them ease of access and offers a great deal of efficiency to your system. The cost of both methods is comparable as both have their pros and cons. The addition of a tracking system in your module may elevate the price, but you can't deny the productivity that comes with it. In the end, your decision is obsolete, and you know what is best for you, but the installers can surely help you in making the right choice. 


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