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A Guide to Selecting the Best Ground Mount Solar System

Introduction

Using solar power for businesses can be really good for their money, especially if they have a top-notch rooftop or ground mount system that's set up and taken care of for a long time.

Businesses considering a commercial solar installation are undoubtedly debating whether it is best to install solar panels on the roof or on the ground. We understand that some businesses may not have an option since they do not have enough ground area or cannot access the roof.

This blog will not be comparing the two types, instead we will be delving into the advantages of a ground mount system for your commercial solar needs.


Planning Stages

When it comes to our commercial solar projects, planning ahead of time is critical. Finding the optimum location for the setup and selecting the ground mount system structure that suits the budget and purpose are two major considerations during the planning process.


Checking For Area Suitability

For maximum viability, the space should be:


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Close to existing electrical infrastructure

This is to minimise additional cabling and trenching costs. Optimize efficiency and savings for a sustainable energy solution.

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Grounding suitability

If the ground is excessively soft, additional funds may be required for the installation of concrete. If it's too difficult, drilling may be required before installation, which will cost both money and time.

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Sloping Angle

Solar panels operate best when the angles are correct. For the solar system to be most successful, find a location that is flat or does not tilt too much (about 5 degrees is a reasonable guide).

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No shade needed

It should go without saying, but avoid locating the solar panels in areas with excessive shade or dense vegetation. This can cause the panels to malfunction.


Choosing The Racking

Racking comes in a variety of styles, ranging from strict to more intuitive.

Fixed-Tilt

The panels are installed and secured into the ground at an angle to catch as much sunlight as possible. The support structure can be modified several times during the year to correspond with how the sun's position changes with the seasons.


Single Axis Tracking

People are becoming more interested in solar tracking systems. When properly configured, they can increase the energy output of a ground mount system by up to 20%. As the sun moves across the sky, a single-axis tracking system moves the panels to capture as much light as possible.


BALLASTED

If the ground isn't good (too hard, too soft, or not reachable), you can also consider using ballasted setups. Instead of going into the ground, these setups use concrete slabs or blocks to keep the ground mount systems in place and at the best angle.

Each of these support structures has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so it truly depends on whether the suggested location is a suitable fit, as well as the budget and sunlight conditions.


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Benefits For The Business

Using renewable energy systems is good for a business—both for its reputation and for saving money in the long run. Even though the initial costs might seem like a lot, these systems last a long time and end up saving money once the setup is fully paid for because the reliance on the regular power grid goes down a lot.

In terms of reputation, a company that can say it doesn't produce emissions during its operations is very influential in today's political discussions. With phrases like 'carbon neutral' and 'net-zero' being used a lot, your business could get a lot of trust and respect by having a really good commercial solar ground mount system.


[Disclaimer: The blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. For accurate and up-to-date information on renewable energy, refer to reputable sources and consult with experts in the field.]

Please don’t hesitate to contact Betta Value Renewable Energy if you have any questions about this topic.

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