When it comes to setting up a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is whether to install the panels on your roof or on the ground. While roof installations are more common, there are a variety of advantages to opting for a ground installation instead explains Kieran Fitzgibbon, Solar Consultant at Prosolar, an SEAI approved solar installer based in Kenmare.
First and foremost, the advantage of a ground-mounted solar PV system is that it can be oriented to capture the maximum amount of sunlight. Rooftop solar panels are often limited by the orientation and pitch of the roof, which can impact their efficiency. With a ground installation, you’re free to position the panels in a way that optimises their exposure to the sun. Additionally, ground-mounted systems are easier to maintain and repair, as they’re more accessible than rooftop systems. With the increase of stormy weather in our changing Irish seasons, rooftop installations can be tricky from a safety standpoint. A ground installation is much less likely to incur delays due to weather factors.
As our team at Prosolar are experienced in technical problem solving, we have designed our own ground mount solution using ground screws to secure our structure to the ground. Most ground mount installations require pouring a concrete base in the field which is less desirable and more costly. We want to ensure that your ground installation blends in with the existing landscaping, for a more aesthetically pleasing option. However, if it is required for your installation, we also have options for mounting on existing or newly poured concrete bases.
Finally, a possible future-proofing advantage to a ground-mounted solar PV system is that it can be scaled up more easily than a rooftop system. This is because there’s typically more available space on the ground than on a roof. As your energy needs grow, you can simply add more panels to your ground installation. Prosolar can tailor the system to your requirements and give you advice for your specific situation.
Whether you are opting for a roof or ground mounted system, now is a great time to invest in a solar PV system with savings of up to €4k and finance available! At Prosolar we offer friendly and technical guidance to help make your grant application and solar install as smooth as possible. Get up to €2,400 in savings with an SEAI grant and enjoy 0 per cent VAT on both the installation and panels. By installing solar for your home or business, you could significantly reduce your electricity bills by up to 80 per cent with a battery system. Solar energy is free, and once the initial installation cost is recovered, you can enjoy long-term savings on your energy expenses.
We are dedicated to delivering excellent service and our team has received over fifty, five-star rating from our valued customers, providing you with peace of mind. If you need a little help with the initial investment, we have teamed up with Humm finance to offer a range of flexible payment plans.
Speak to your local Prosolar consultant Kieran for more information and receive a free quote. To get started visit www.prosolar.ie or call 064 770 2000.