Installing solar panels at your facility is no-brainer. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems allow you to take advantage of free renewable energy so you can save energy and money at the same time.
The question, though, is what type of commercial solar system should you install at your facility? Is a ground mount or roof mount option better for you? Read below as we look at ground mount vs roof mount solar cost and the benefits and drawbacks of each so you can decide which is best for your facility.
What is roof mount solar?
A rooftop solar system is the installation of a solar PV system on a house or commercial building. A roof mount solar array requires solar racking, which is used to safely fix a solar system to a rooftop. Solar racking is usually made of aluminum. A rooftop system can be installed on different types of roofs, whether they are flat or sloping.
Ground-mount solar installations are solar panel installations that are installed on the ground without a rooftop. These types of installations also include racking, but don’t have your building’s roof as a starting point. Ground mount solar systems are a good option for your facility if you don’t have enough space for a rooftop mount or you want to have easier access to the solar panels.
Here is a quick list of the pros and cons of each:
No, ground mounted solar systems typically cost more than roof mounted solar systems. Rooftop solar panels are much easier to install and require less parts.
A ground mounted array requires installation crews to start from scratch, whereas a rooftop mount already has part of the structure in place.
When deciding which set-up to go with at your facility, there are many factors to think about before making a final decision.
For a rooftop solar energy system, you’ll have to consider how much rooftop space you have, the health and age of your roof, and what types of obstructions you have in the way, such as skylights or vents.
When it comes to installing a ground mount system, you’ll have to consider the type of location and space available. Will the ground be able to withstand large holes and be able to hold ground mount panels racking in place? Do you have enough ground space or the right space for a ground mount?
Both are good options, it just depends on what your ultimate goals and priorities are with your solar panel system and how much you want to invest. Either way, whether you go with a roof mount or perhaps a carport ground mount installation, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of generating solar energy on your site.
Solar power is the ultimate renewable energy source. No matter what type of mount you choose, you will benefit from cheaper utility bills, a reduced carbon footprint, and the opportunity to move away from complete reliance on the grid – especially when paired with an energy storage system, among other perks.
If you’re looking for more information or guidance on how to get a commercial solar installation on your site, reach out to us, wattlogic.com, or drop us a line: (800) 834-8737.