Both ground mount and roof mount solar systems have their own pros and cons. Homeowners should consider their specific needs and budget when deciding between the two. It’s always best to consult with a trusted solar installation company, such as Georgia Solar Pros, to get a custom quote and determine the best option for your home. However, the following provides a general guide about the overall pros and cons of both ground and roof mount solar installations.
Pros & Cons of Roof Mount Solar Panels
Traditionally, roof mount solar installations have been the most popular choice for both home and business owners. The reasoning behind the popularity is pretty simple. Roof mounted solar generally offers:
- A Lower Cost of Installation: Roof mount solar systems are typically less expensive to install compared to ground mount systems.
- Space-Saving: Roof mount solar systems do not take up any additional outdoor space, making them an ideal option for homeowners with limited space.
- Easy Installation: Roof mount solar systems are typically easier to install and can be less intrusive, as they are installed on the roof and not on the ground.
However, the rooftop isn’t ideal for placing solar panels in all situations. Roofs vary greatly in terms of pitch, material, and sun coverage. A trained solar installer is the best guide for determining if your roof is fit for mounting panels. Roof mounts come with the following limitations:
1. Limited Panel Orientation and Tilt: Roof mount solar panels must be installed on the roof, which can limit the orientation and tilt of the panels, resulting in reduced energy production and efficiency.
2. Increased Maintenance Requirements: Roof mount solar systems may require more maintenance over time, as they are more exposed to the elements and may need to be cleaned more frequently.
3. Difficulty in Accessing Panels for Maintenance: Roof mount solar panels are more difficult to access for maintenance and cleaning, which can lead to higher costs over time.
4. Rapid Shutdown Requirement: Roof mount solar panels require “rapid shutdown” devices installed on each panel, unlike rooftop ground mount systems. This adds additional components that could potentially malfunction and complicates the overall system design and wiring.
Pros & Cons of Ground Mount Solar Panels
Like their roof mount alternatives, ground mount solar panels offer both pros and cons to those considering these. For those wanting to go solar, ground mount installations offer:
- Flexibility in Panel Orientation and Tilt: Ground mount solar panels can be oriented and tilted in the optimal direction for maximum energy production.
- Durability and Stability: Ground mount solar panels are less exposed to wind, snow, and other environmental factors that can damage or dislodge the panels, making them a more reliable option.
- Ease of Maintenance and Cleaning: Ground mount solar panels are easily accessible from the ground for maintenance and cleaning.
- Maximum Energy Production: Ground mount solar panels can be arranged in a more optimal configuration for maximum energy production.
- Options for Solar Pergolas: Ground mount solar systems can also incorporate solar pergolas, which not only generate clean energy but also add aesthetic value to your outdoor space.
- Higher Reliability: Ground mount solar systems offer higher reliability as they do not need “rapid shutdown” devices installed on each panel, unlike rooftop systems. This eliminates additional components that could potentially malfunction and simplifies the overall system design and wiring.
Ground mount options are growing in popularity, but aren’t ideal for all potential solar customers and their homes or businesses. There are two main drawbacks or considerations prior to choosing a ground mount system. Ground mount systems generally come with a:
- Higher cost of Installation: Ground mount solar systems are typically more expensive to install compared to roof mount systems, as they require a larger investment in equipment and installation.
- Outdoor Space Requirement: Ground mount solar systems require a larger amount of outdoor space, which may not be feasible for homeowners with limited space.
- Choosing the Best Solar Option for your Home or Business
- Choosing between roof and ground mount options is just one aspect of designing and installing an efficient and effective solar system for your property. A local, highly trained and experienced solar professional is your best bet when it comes to ensuring you choose the best type of system. The team at Georgia Solar Pros is here for you from start to finish. From helping you choose the best system for your property to handling all permitting and interconnection requirements to installation and ongoing maintenance, our team is here to lead the way. To learn more about your options when it comes to going solar, contact us today!