A Guide to Ground-Mounted Solar Panels

Depending on your preferences and environment, ground-mounted solar panels may be the best solution for your house or company.

Continue reading to discover more about ground-mounted solar panel systems if you want to prevent roof piercing, don’t have a south-facing rooftop or want your panels to be hidden for aesthetic purposes.

Different types of ground-mounted solar panels

A variety of foundation alternatives are available for ground-mounted systems to keep a rack and solar panel system in place.

Solar panel system mounted on a pole
Helical piles, like driven piers, require specific technology to insert into the ground. Their look, which resembles a huge screw, is what distinguishes them. This allows them to support a solar panel frame system.

A driven pier is a giant pole that is pile-driven into the earth with the help of special gear. Once in place, the top of the pole mast supports a rectangular frame that houses the solar panel system.

Solar panel system with ground mounting
There are a few foundation alternatives for standard ground mounts. They support the solar panel system using a slanted racking system, generally built of steel.

A ballasted system is similar to a regular ground mount, except that the concrete is placed on top of the ground rather than poured into it. Heavy concrete footings support a racking system and three to four solar panels, keeping them safe from high winds and bad weather. Ballast systems can be used on the ground or the roof and are ideal for individuals who don’t want to drill holes in their roof or property grounds.

Concrete pier foundations are the most common form of foundation. To set it up, dig a series of several foot-deep holes and insert poles into them. The holes are then filled with concrete to keep them in place and support a racking system.

What are the functions of ground-mounted tracking systems?

We’re all aware that the more sunshine your solar panels receive, the more electricity they produce. However, if solar panels aren’t adaptable, getting the most out of them might be challenging.

Tracking mechanisms come into play at this point. Tracking systems can modify your solar panel system’s location based on the sun’s ever-changing position in the sky. They’ll be able to absorb as much solar energy as possible this way.

Solar trackers can spin vertically, horizontally or in both directions simultaneously.

Here’s how you can categorize them:

  1. Dual-axis trackers are more complicated than single-axis trackers and as a result, they are more expensive. However, they can rotate up and down and east to west. This helps you to better absorb solar energy and save money in the long run.
  2. Single-axis trackers can spin horizontally from east to west or vertically up and down on a single axis. However, only one of these activities is possible for these trackers, and east-west trackers make up most of the pick.

Are solar panel systems mounted on the ground safer?

Solar panel systems installed on the ground are typically safer than those installed on the wall or the roof. This is because they don’t require roof access for installation or periodic maintenance, which can be dangerous, especially in inclement weather.

Regular cleaning is also easier to accomplish, reducing the danger of mishaps than rooftop installations.

Ground-mounted solar panels are available from Aztec Solar

To make the transition to solar or learn more about ground-mounted solar panels, contact Aztec Solar at (916) 853-2700 or contact us online.

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