Solar panels on a house roof
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How To Choose Between Ground-Mounted And Roof-Mounted Solar Panels
Whether you put your solar panels on your roof or the ground depends on factors such as cost, maintenance, energy needs, and the layout of your property.
While ground-mounted solar panels are ideal for maximum sun exposure, you may not have much yard space to spare. Roof-mounted panels are the best in this case.
Ground-mounted panels typically cost more since they require a stable structure to be installed on, which requires surveying the land, digging holes, and laying foundation.
An estimate by energy analyst company Wood Mackenzie says that roof-mounted panels cost around $23,920 for the whole setup, while Energy Sage estimates $37,000 for ground-mounting.
Solar panels do require regular maintenance and cleaning, and having to climb onto your roof any time there’s an issue with the system can be tiresome.