3 Ways a Ground-Mounted DIY Solar Kit Makes Great Sense Posted on 07 Nov 07:30
So you plan to mount your DIY solar kit on your roof? Most homeowners automatically opt for rooftop placement, but that’s not the only good option.
If you have space on your property, you may want to consider installing photovoltaic panels on the ground instead. For many solar do-it-yourselfers, a ground-mounted system makes more sense.
Rooftop Installation Can Present Challenges for a DIY Solar Kit
Is your roof in good shape? When was the last time you had it inspected?
If it’s been a while, you may want to have a licensed roofing contractor perform an inspection before you consider installing a rooftop solar array.
Photovoltaic systems are designed to produce free electricity for decades. So before mounting a PV panel array on the roof, you need to make sure it’s structurally sound. You don’t want to have to take down and reassemble your solar array — and that’s exactly what you’ll have to do if your roof requires repair or replacement.
Space is another important consideration. For some homeowners, finding adequate roof space for a photovoltaic system can be difficult. Dormer windows, chimneys, skylights and vents may be in the way. Nearby structures and trees can cast shadows that can prevent photovoltaic panels from absorbing much of the sun’s energy.
Ground-Mounting Allows for Optimal Solar Kit Placement
Some roofs aren’t well-suited for a DIY solar array installation.
A north-facing rooftop photovoltaic system will not produce as much energy as an array mounted on a south- or west-facing roof. The tilt of the rooftop matters too, since your photovoltaic panels must be angled properly to capture the sun’s light.
With a ground-mounted solar kit, you can place the photovoltaic array anywhere on your property. You can orient the panels and angle them to harness the maximum amount of energy from the sun, giving you greater electricity output than you might get with a rooftop solar array.
Ground-mounted solar panels are especially efficient for another reason. They facilitate increased airflow, which keeps the photovoltaic cells cooler and leads to better energy production.
DIY Solar Kit Installation & Maintenance Is Easier at Ground Level
How comfortable are you climbing up and down a ladder and working on the roof? While anyone with basic handyman skills can install a rooftop DIY solar array, roof work can be intimidating for many homeowners.
Installing a ground-mounted solar kit is much easier than mounting a rooftop system, as it requires no hauling of heavy photovoltaic panels up a ladder and no worries about falling off the roof or damaging it.
And if your system ever requires maintenance or repairs, the job will be much simpler if your array is at ground level.
Whichever type of mounting location you require or prefer, Solar GOODs has the resources you need. Our easy-to-use DIY solar kit design app allows you to plan the rooftop or ground-mounted system that is best suited to meet your energy needs.
Visit us online today to learn how much money you can save by installing a DIY solar kit.