Did you know that you have the option to mount solar panels to either your roof or your yard? It’s most common to see residential solar panels mounted to a roof and industrial or rural solar panels in a ground-mounted unit, but nearly everywhere will have both options. Today we’ll talk about why you might choose ground or roof solar panels.
Ground-Mounted solar panels are really effective for a particular set of circumstances. The best case for a ground-mounted solar panel system is if you have a large area of land, particularly unused land. A solar panel installation that greatly surpasses the area of your roof can be installed on that land and maximize your solar power production. It’s also a good idea to look at ground-mounted solar panels if your home lacks good southern orientation. Often the roof is too small or lacks available southern-facing area, but your yard might be better suited for the southern orientation needed for solar panels. Ground mounted solar is also an excellent option if your home or business faces regulation about roof solar panels.
There are some drawbacks to ground-mounted solar. The area may need stabilization digging, and it permanently eats up land that you may need or want. Some complain about the ground-mounted solar panels taking up valuable land or becoming an eyesore in their yards and communities.
As the most common option, rooftop solar is great for a lot of reasons. It’s fast and easy to install, and it actually protects your existing roof. Maintenance is incredibly low, and the look is nearly seamless. That space goes unused anyway, so you are maximizing your existing property. Rooftop solar panels increase the value of a home or business, which is a huge sell for many solar shoppers.
However, there can be drawbacks. You may have HOA or neighborhood restrictions on solar panels, or you may completely lack the roof space. Older homes sometimes need reinforcement and upgrades before solar panels can be mounted on their property.
No matter what you choose for your solar power needs, Utah Solar is ready to find the perfect solution for your Utah home or business. We offer a free consultation that can help you to determine if rooftop solar panels or ground-mounted solar panels would be the best option for you, as well as educate you on pricing, financing, rebates, tax credits, and more.