Ground-based Solar

Ground-based solar arrays have several advantages. They can produce more energy than a roof system (because they can be oriented to an optimal position), they stay cooler in the summer (improving efficiency), and are easily accessible for snow removal. Ground-based systems are especially ideal for off-grid systems and winter optimization.

In addition to those benefits, however, ground mounts require excavation and concrete for the structure, and a trench for running the power line to the building, adding to installation costs. Ground-based solar arrays also need clearance from trees, power poles, and buildings to avoid shading, and are often not a viable option in urban areas.

We utilize a variety of ground mounting solar structures depending on a few factors including the type of ground (rocky or soil), ground slope, wind exposure, cost efficiency, expandability, adjustability, or general aesthetic appeal.

Many factors come together to inform our recommendation and installation method for any specific situation.

Multi-pole structures are built using standard galvanized pipe and fittings in sets of three or four panels in landscape orientation.

  • Pro: lowest cost of materials

  • Pro: can be installed on hard rock

  • Con: fixed-tilt cannot be adjusted

  • Con: not easily compatible on sloped ground (esp. larger arrays)

I-Beam structures are continuous structures arranged in sets of two panels in portrait orientation.

  • Pro: easy to custom size

  • Con: fixed-tilt cannot be adjusted

Mono-pole structures are often individual mounts (or can be connected together) on a single, large-diameter steel post. Most often configured using 12- or 16-panels in landscape orientation.

  • Pro: adjustable tilt

  • Pro: can be built tall / high ground clearance

  • Con: fewer configuration options

Multi-pole structure:

I-Beam structure:

Mono-pole structure: