Ground-Mounted Solar

Ground-Mounted Solar

In a ground installation a frame is built for your solar cells that tilts them up to an optimal angle and faces the correct way (North in Australia & South in Asia). The frame can be built out of galvanized steel or aluminum, and is attached to the ground via a concrete foundation. In many cases the frame will be a rigid half a frame like structure.

Where achieving the maximum possible efficiency is an aim (such as in commercial or very large installations) it is possible to have half A-frames that are manually tilt adjustable, so that in winter when the sun is lower in the sky the cells can be tilted up for greater exposure.

Sun tracking installations are also available (where the cells rotate slightly throughout the day to follow the sun) and these are generally mounted on a vertical pole or beam (like a lamppost) to allow rotation.

Why would you ground mount your solar PV system?

  • Lack of available space on your roof.
  • Poor roof orientation.
  • Poor sun exposure on your roof due to shadows.
  • You wish to install a large.
  • You wish to install a sun tracking system for maximum sun exposure.
  • You have good availability of sun exposed.

Advantages of ground mounted solar systems

  • More scope and lower cost to install a sun.
  • Ability to operate a manual seasonal tilt adjust system.
  • Typically there much more space on the ground then on the roof in rural settings, so larger systems can be installed.
  • Cells are easier to clean and maintain.