What are the advantages of installing a ground mounted solar system?
There are many parts of Australia where it might make sense to install a solar power system on ground mounts, instead of your roof. And if you have the land to do it, it could be a really good option for you.
In the hotter parts of the country... the increased airflow underneath your solar panels gives the added advantage that they'll stay cooler, helping them perform more efficiently too.
The first is advantage is all about space! In a roof mounted system, you are restricted by the constraints of your roof and the number of panels you can fit up there, as well as the engineering limitations of how much weight it can hold too. The design of your roof will also affect everything from the type of panel and equipment you can use, to the orientation of those panels too. With a ground mounted system, you can have a lot more control of these key questions, meaning you can create a system that's optimised for your power needs, without those same physical constraints.
With ground mounts, You can also install solar power in locations where that energy is predominately going to be used. In a farm for example, that might be close to an irrigation system or bore pumps, which means you'll have less expenses in things like cabling to get that power to those particular areas of your property, which could be hundreds of meters away, or even kilometres away, from the nearest roof.
The other advantages are to do with performance and maintenance of mounted solar systems, and that's because lots of parts of Australia get very hot, and very dusty. This means your solar panels may be gathering a good bit of dust each day, which will mean they'll likely need to be cleaned regularly to work optimally. And if it's a while before the next rain comes, you'll be the one that needs to do it. With a ground mounted system, cleaning your solar panels is a lot easier, quicker and safer, then climbing up on your roof. Plus being on ground-mounts in the hotter parts of the country, means that the increased airflow underneath your solar panels gives the added advantage that they'll stay cooler, helping them perform more efficiently too.