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Roof Mount Solar Systems vs. Ground Mount Solar Systems

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Roof Mount vs Ground Mount Solar Systems


Most people assume that all solar energy panels go on the roof. That’s the most common place for solar panels, but it’s not the only place. In some cases, it makes more sense to install them on the ground. Choosing between roof mount solar systems vs. ground mount solar systems depends on your roof, your property, your surroundings and other factors.


Top Reasons for Choosing a Roof Mount Solar System

  • Roof mount solar systems allow you to make productive use of otherwise unused space, while ground mount systems require open space on your property.
  • The pitch and orientation of your roof allow for the solar panels to face the sun long enough to produce sufficient energy.
  • There’s no shade from nearby trees or buildings
  • Roof mount solar systems are generally simpler and less expensive to install than ground mount systems, which require more equipment and trenching.
  • There’s not enough usable open space on the ground around your structure.

Top Reasons for Choosing a Ground Mount Solar System

  • Instead of depending on the pitch and orientation of the roof, a ground mount system can be installed to capture as much sunlight as possible and maximize electrical output.
  • Ground mount solar systems allow for more air circulation around the solar panels, which actually perform best in cooler temperatures.
  • Ground mount solar systems are easier to clean if a good rainfall doesn’t do the job.
  • Your roof just isn’t ideal for solar panels because:
    • The roof is too small or has insufficient sun-facing surface area.
    • The roof’s complex design makes it more expensive or even impossible to install solar panels.
    • You don’t like the look of solar panels on your roof.

Contact us to find out which type of solar energy system makes the most sense for your home or commercial property.