Ground Mounted Solar
Ground-mounted solar arrays are the best option for creating large, optimized solar installations which produce as much power per panel as possible, maximize returns, and serve as savings centers for large power users, or revenue projects for large land holders.
The design process for ground mounted solar arrays allows for the array to be faced due south, or combined with a tracking system to follow the sun through the sky throughout the day or adjust its tilt through the season. Such arrays are planned from the ground up, including site specific-foundations, orientations, and with racking systems that can reuse materials found on site as ballast, accommodate pollinators, or be used as shade structures for livestock and crops.
Because ground mounted solar is often installed in locations where space is not an option, but where the creation of the structures for the array is important to the system’s long-term operation, extra attention is paid to making sure the systems are installed efficiently and planned to withstand long term wear and tear.
The longevity of these systems combined with their optimized design maximize the return off their installation, and allow for the connected sites to reduce their carbon footprints as much as possible for as long as possible.
The further benefits of ground mounted solar installations come from their ability to often be connected directly to the electric grid, and separately meter their power across many users of electricity in a particular district. This type of solar farm, called community solar, benefits many participants who could not host their own solar installation. Under these arrangements, power is sold in lots to the local sites, either as a single, one-time purchase of a section of the array’s generation to help fund the initial construction costs, or as annual contracts for power.
Community solar projects make substantial contributions to decarbonizing the electric grid by providing access to clean electricity to residential and commercial renters, large power users with small buildings, and others who may not have had the means to install solar of their own.