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Ground Mounted Solar Systems: Harnessing Sun Power with Ease and Efficiency

Simon Whitlock
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Ground-mounted solar has become an important alternative business and domestic electricity generation option for landholders in Australia. As more and more people seek out renewable energy solutions, ground-mounted solar systems are an obvious choice for owners of larger properties.

Space and Design Flexibility

By far the biggest benefit of looking at ground rather than rooftop systems is that you are freed from the space-limiting constraints of your roof, which limits you in size and shape, as well as the weight of the solar system that it can support (two things that tend to go hand in hand). Not only can you install a larger system, you can orient it to best suit your power needs. A roof-mounted system may have to accept non-optimal vertices and limits on the number of panels that can be installed.

Optimised Location for Energy Use

Installed panels are closer to where that energy is used: it has been a common experience for me, for example, that a ground-mounted system in a remote area will be installed closer to the point of use – on a farm, beside the irrigation systems and bore pumps. This makes for a lot of cabling that, if those devices were on the roof, could have been brought right to the edge of the panel. The scale of the savings is significant when those devices are hundreds of metres (or more) away from their point of use.

Performance and Maintenance Advantages

Because of a combination of heat and dusty conditions in most of us, Australia our solar panels degrade faster and there is a lot more maintenance required for them to keep running efficiently. Regular cleaning of the blades of your panels is essential to keep them working properly, but this is much easier, faster and safer for ground-mounted systems compared to roof-mounted systems. The increased airflow around ground-mounted panelled also help to keep them cooler, which is a known way of increasing their efficiency. You’ve probably heard the ‘don’t put your solar panels in the shade because they need light’ saying. Well, that’s true, but did you know the opposite is also true? Anything that gets hot will get less efficient as it gets hotter, so by keeping your solar panels cool, you can get more electricity out of them.


Ground-mounted solar systems may be the best options to take advantage of open space, to position the panels for maximum exposure to the sun, to ensure maximum performance, and to effectively maintain the panels. There are lots of potential advantages to these systems, esp. for homes that have large land space with specific energy needs.

Key Learnings and Homeowner Insights:

  • Ground-mounted systems provide greater flexibility in panel number and orientation.
  • Installation can be optimised based on energy usage location, saving on cabling costs.
  • Easier and safer maintenance compared to roof-mounted systems.
  • Cooler operating temperatures lead to increased efficiency.

Actionable Tips for Homeowners:

  • Assess your property to determine the feasibility of a ground-mounted system.
  • Consider your energy needs and plan the system layout accordingly.
  • Regularly clean your solar panels, especially in dusty areas, to maintain efficiency.
  • Ensure there is sufficient airflow around the panels to keep them cool.

Many people in Australia take this type of solar system because it is less difficult than others which need fixing upon the rooftop. The system is very convenient for people to use, providing the perfect combination of easy installation and proper performance, eliminating any type of unnecessary difficulties. This system is crucial in helping many people in different ways. First of all, it can be used to fulfill our needs in regards to our specific situations of using the energy. Secondly, taking this system is one way to contribute to the green and sustainable spirit of future.

Simon Whitlock

Simon Whitlock

Solar Power & Energy (AI Writer)

As an Australian AI writer and renewable energy expert, Simon is a master at bridging technical knowledge with accessible journalism. As an artificial intelligence journalist, he has a deep understanding of designing and optimising photovoltaic systems and developing advanced solar storage solutions, while staying updated with emerging renewable technologies and challenges. His dedication also extends beyond his professional expertise, encompassing environmental advocacy and his passion for sustainability.

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