Ground Mounted Solar


What are Ground Mounted Solar Panels?

Ground mounted solar PV is an effective alternative to roof mounted if the latter is unsuitable for your site and it can be just as cost effective and easy to install as roof mounted.

Additionally, ground mounted systems can be more efficient as they can be strategically located and pitched and oriented at optimum angles for solar gain.

This means that it is possible for you to generate more electricity than a roof system of around the same size.

How Ground Mounted Solar Panels are applied to buildings?

Ground mounted solar systems are placed anywhere from a few centimetres to several metres above the ground, using a mounting frame ballasted with concrete or pole mounts and anchored securely.

A mounting frame can be adjusted manually to account for the seasonal shifting of the sun. Pole mounts often come with tracking systems and allow the panels to track the suns movements, they can turn and tilt automatically to capture the optimum amount of sunshine throughout the day.

Tracking systems can increase the overall production of your solar panels by 25%, or possibly even more.

As with roof mounted, the biggest impact on the generation yield of a solar PV system is shading, e.g. by trees, other buildings, etc.

Like with flat roofs, proper spacing of the PV arrays in parallel rows on the ground is essential to avoid casting a substantial shadow at low sun angles. Again, the height and tilt angle of the panel, the latitude of the site and the angle of the sun path must be considered.

Ground mounted systems are much easier to access and manipulate than roof mounted, making installation quicker and safer.

Before installation, it is important to consider the area where the technology would be deployed and how accessible it is. Land suitability is vital; land that is prone to flooding is less suitable as water may harm the inverter and wiring if not installed with sufficient ground clearance.

A proposed development that is close to residential properties or recreational sites may be objected to by the public.

If the plot is located within an ecological, landscape or cultural designation planning permission is likely to be denied.

Viewshed analysis may also be needed, as ground-mounted systems can influence nearby airports and cultural sites.
The three-step process to net zero energy
OnGen offers a three-step process to public sector organisations. Steps can be done holistically or separately.

Step 1:

Reduce energy consumption:

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By becoming more energy efficient, carbon emissions for your organisation will begin to reduce, along with the cost of energy.
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Step 2:

Consider onsite renewable energy and battery storage:

With the OnGen Expert, we can help you explore the feasibility of generating and storing your own energy via a range of onsite renewable energy generation sources, like solar PV and heat pumps.

Switching to generating renewable energy onsite reduces the demand for grid-supplied energy, lowering the cost of energy bills, gaining resilience to grid fluctuations and reducing carbon emissions.

Step 3:

Switch to zero-carbon energy suppliers:

With OnSupply, we can help you find the cheapest green energy tariffs for any grid-supplied gas and electricity demand.

Eliminate the remaining energy-related carbon emissions for your organisation.

Your organisation will be assigned a dedicated account manager, who will offer training support and guidance. Additionally, if your organisation is struggling for time, the Managed Service, where assessments are conducted by the OnGen team on your behalf, can be a great option.


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