Ground or Roof Mounted Solar Panels?

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Electricity is an essential part of our everyday lives. We use the power of electricity for just about everything from lighting up our homes, using the modern electronics like your computer or heating up our homes. We cannot imagine a day without it, but electrical energy generated from fossil fuels is expensive as well as hazardous to the environment.  Carbon dioxide discharged from power plants are currently the main cause of global warming. Also, many underdeveloped countries face blackouts or power breakdowns from time to time. Sometimes they are for short periods while some continue for many hours and days. Many countries also lose power due to harsh weather conditions such as storms and hurricanes.

Nowadays many people are leaning towards installing solar panels in their homes to produce a renewable source of energy. Solar panels are either installed on rooftops or large open areas of land and use the suns light to convert its energy into electricity. Solar energy requires minimal maintenance as well as it’s a free source of light for the sun is available everywhere globally.  Although, the initial cost of solar panels can be expensive, but it offers long term saving on your electrical bill. Solar panels also come with a set of storage batteries that store excess power of the day and generate electricity when the sun goes down.

Recent natural disasters have shown the world the havoc that they can create in the lives of those affected. Hurricane Sandy, which hit the USA in 2012, is an example of how huge numbers of homes were left without light for weeks due to natural calamities. Many people wonder how the effects of these disasters can be alleviated. Solar panels are more weather resistant than fossil fueled plants. A strong wind or a storm can knock down a power line, but solar panels keep running even if there is minor damage to a panel. Solar plants do shut down in harsh weather conditions, but they can be back up fairly well in comparison to the utility produced electricity.

Rooftop solar systems are more popular in suburban and urban neighborhoods.  Many people opt for home solar power because it doesn’t take additional property space. Solar panels installed on rooftops can be installed easily by the homeowner or with the help of local professionals.  Small scale projects like these can get up and running in as fast as a day.

Solar farms or solar parks are installed on large areas of land, preferably desert areas. Large numbers of solar panels are installed to work together to capture sunlight and turn it into electricity on a large scale. Solar farms can utilize open farm lands which enable it to generate more electricity and cheap energy costs. Many homeowners choose to mount their solar panels in their backyards or other areas on ground as they don’t like the unimpressive look that the roof solar panels create.

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Both types of Solar panels are built to withstand hail, storms, heavy rain and wind, and are thoroughly tested and are efficient in all types of natural calamities. Most solar panels are also insured and come with hurricane proofing for maximum protection. It has been examined many times that during the biggest earthquakes, solar panels remained intact on roofs compared to the ones on the ground.  Flood waters can also create more damage to the ground mounted solar panels in comparison to roof mounted panels. A flood in the California desert in 2012 did massive damage to the Solar Project in the area that slowed the construction of a solar farm. Additionally, ground mounted solar panels are more vulnerable to theft. There is also a risk of animals getting inside the grounded solar panels and injuring themselves or damaging the panels.

Both projects are important in meeting the growing need of electricity in today’s world and are a green and clean source of energy. They also both have no noise output when they are creating electricity. They are ideal for off-grid locations, like isolated areas where electricity is hard to get and consumers don’t have to rely on electric companies to provide them electricity. But solar panels installed on roof panels are easier to undertake. Large-scale projects require permits and permissions from the local state to start. Distributed solar energy is less expensive and requires minimal planning. They also require more water to run and are costly in that aspect. The initial cost of the solar panels on rooftops is more than the ones installed in the ground. However, homes that come with solar panels on roof are more worthy in the property industry. Many real estate markets are leaning more towards green energy and prospect buyers will pay more for the energy saving feature.

Whatever method you plan to use for setting up solar energy system, Always remember that with the use of solar panels on the roof or in desert areas, you are stress free of power failures and raised power bills. Setting up a solar power plant sets a good example for your community as other households will follow your footsteps and install it themselves. Global warming is also a big threat and solar panels can work to remedy its effects. As the danger of climate changes loom over us, many investors are finding solar panels a good economic acquisition and consequently beneficial for the environment.