Everything You Need To Know About Solar Ground Mounting Structures

What Makes Ground Mount Structures Ideal For Solar Energy Generation

When we  think of solar panels, we visualise  them on the roof of our house. That’s where we have commonly seen them, right? Even though rooftop installations are the most common, they can also be installed in other  settings. The most preferred after rooftop is the ground mounted solar setup.

In this blog, we will help you understand what a ground mounted setup is, its strength and weaknesses, different types and things to consider if you’re planning to install one. 

Before understanding what exactly is a ground mounting structure, let us quickly understand what are mounting structures. Mounting structures are the skeleton or a framework of a solar panel. It holds these solar panels in place.

Refer to our previous blog to know more about solar mounts  

 

So, what is a ground-mounted solar panel system?

A ground-mounted solar power system is a group of solar panels mounted on the ground on a supporting structure.  Energy is transferred from the panels to a solar inverter located either behind the mounting system or inside the house. Any location on your property that has adequate open space and receives direct  exposure to the sun can be fitted with ground-mounted solar panels. 

They function in fundamentally the same way as any other solar panel — you mount the  panels at a fixed angle by using metal frames – that are thrust into the ground. It is possible to manually adjust some  ground-mounted solar panel systems to match seasonal changes in the sun’s position.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses of  Solar Ground Mounting Structures

See what the Solar Mounting Structure Manufacturers in India have to say about the plus points and drawbacks of the ground mounted solar mounting structures.

Strengths 

These are the advantages of housing solar panels on the ground: 

  • They can be installed to face any direction in almost any location to optimise energy production
  • Orientation and angle flexibility is higher
  • Easy maintenance
  • No rooftop restrictions
  • Higher energy production per panel 

 

Weaknesses 

There are some problems as well with ground mounted solar structures:

  • Higher installation cost
  • Land restrictions, as applicable
  • Unsafe to have around children, old people and pets
  • Easily accessible to trespassers 
  • Greater chances of accidental damage 

 

Unique advantages of solar mounting structures

Solar mounting structures offer some advantages peculiar to themselves. 

  • They produce more energy per watt as compared to others 
  • Since a ground mount requires the bottom of the panels to be a few feet above the ground, air flows freely between the ground and the panels, keeping the temperature lower, thereby increasing their efficiency.  
  • Perfect choice for those who want to set up a solar energy production unit. Once a large area of land open to sunlight is chosen, the setting up process takes very little time, and can be fenced off on completion to ensure security. 

Solar mounting manufacturers have tapped on the rising demand for solar power installations in India. By 2026, the global PV utility market is expected to grow by  9.85%.

 

Types of ground-mounted solar installations

Traditional ground-mount systems

Each mounting structure has its pros and cons, but it is up to the user to determine which one would be most beneficial for him. Roof mounted panels are likely to be the best and cheapest option if you have lots of unused roof space, but ground mounted panels are more suitable if you have  land resources and a higher energy requirement.

Barren, saline and rocky land can be utilised for setting up ground mounted solar energy generation projects. For home set-ups, covering unusable ground with concrete blocks and mounting the structures on them is a viable option. The same applies to solar energy set-ups in commercial premises. 

Tracking systems

To maximise energy production, installers use a tracking system. These systems have moving panels that follow the sun optimising the angle which receives the maximum sunlight. Favourable to commercial markets, solar tracking systems are not preferred for residential purposes. Solar tracking systems come in single and dual axes. Single axis systems track a single path, i.e, follows the sun’s  East-West or north-south movements, whereas dual axis systems can track a circular path capturing total power by orienting the panels towards direct sunlight. They have both horizontal as well as vertical axes moving in the east-west and north-south direction tracking the sun’s entire movement.

Carports and canopies

Solar carports and canopies are the most common in commercial setups, mainly schools and business premises; they can be defined as really tall ground mounts. Solar panels  supported overhead by large steel beams embedded in reinforced concrete foundations are called canopies. A variety of carports are equipped with ground mounted solar charging stations for electric vehicles, enhancing their utility as  shelter.

 

Final Thoughts

As a solar mounting structure manufacturer in India, we would recommend you to go for ground mounted structures if you have the space. Even though the installation is expensive in comparison to rooftop structures, the benefits  are more too. For instance, they work best in areas that are not shaded by buildings, walls, signboards or trees and can be installed at the ideal tilt and orientation for maximum sunlight. You can also add a solar tracker to increase productivity.

In the last decade, solar energy has grown 33-fold in India. Pinax,  a leading manufacturer of solar mounting systems, is setting new standards for solar energy devices by offering a wide range of solar mounting systems.