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When homeowners think of installing a solar energy system on their home, rooftop solar is probably the first thing to come to mind. What many homeowners don’t realize is that installing ground mount solar panels is just as easy and cost-effective.

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What Is a Ground-Mounted Solar Panel?

Ground-mounted solar panels are solar panels that are installed at the ground level. Ground-mounted systems function very similarly to rooftop solar systems – panels are exposed to sunlight which is converted to electricity by solar cells in order to power a single building or, in the case of solar farms, communities.

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The pros and cons of ground-mounted solar panels.


One advantage of free standing solar panels is their ability to maximize sunlight exposure. Your rooftop may not be ideally oriented (i.e., south-facing with a slope between 30 – 40 degrees), but you’ll be able to choose the orientation of your ground-mounted system to increase energy production. Ground-mounted systems also tend to operate more efficiently because they have more air circulation beneath the panels, allowing them to stay cool. Finally, if your system requires any maintenance, it will be much easier for your installer to access a ground-mounted system, typically reducing potential labor costs.


Ground-mounted systems aren’t a good fit for everyone. First of all, rooftop systems sit on your roof, occupying unused space on your property; with a ground-mounted system, you may need to use valuable land for the system. This alone may be a challenge for some homeowners, particularly those that utilize that space for gardening, recreation, or farming (though in some instances, you can effectively combine farming and ground-mounted systems through agrivoltatics!). Free standing solar panels are also more prone to damage due to wildlife or people tampering with the equipment. Finally, ground mount solar systems tend to be more expensive, assuming that extensive roof repair isn’t necessary to accommodate a rooftop solar system (which you’ll probably need to fix eventually anyways). 

Is ground mounted solar cheaper?

Typically, no. Rooftop solar systems use an existing structure to be mounted, eliminating the need for creating mounts – like pole structures or cement foundations – that panels can then be installed on. But, it depends on the roof and if any renovations need to be made to accommodate solar panels. Ground-mounted solar panels are also at a higher risk for damage, so expenses may add up down the line.

How much do ground mounted solar panels cost?

The cost of free standing solar panels can vary significantly. Private homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from $17,000 to over $34,000 (after tax incentives). Companies or communities hoping to establish a solar farm can expect to pay anywhere from $800,000 to over $1.3 million: significantly more than the $20,474 average cost of a residential install.

Are ground mounted solar panels safe?

Ground solar panels are safer to install. Maintaining them is safer and easier as well because your installer won’t have to climb onto your roof. The electric magnetic field (EMF) radiation emitted by solar panels is almost negligible, making solar arrays a safe and efficient way to power a home or building.

How far can ground mounted solar panels be from your house?

Installing free standing solar panels far from your home is perfectly fine. The only caveat here is that the farther your home is from the structure, the more wiring you’ll need, increasing the system’s cost.

Is it better to install solar panels on the ground?

This largely depends on the home and environment the solar panels will be in. Ground-mount solar panels may be better if your home sits in a lot of shade, but if your property is heavily shaded and your rooftop isn’t, a rooftop array is likely a better option. In short: follow the sun!

What does ground-mounted mean?

Ground-mounted solar panels are installed on the ground, rather than on a rooftop surface. Whether it’s asingle large pole for multiple solar panels, or a framework that sits on the ground, the system will be considered ground-mounted.

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