Exploring Ground-Mounted Solar Panel Installations

Exploring Ground Mount Systems

When most folks picture solar energy, they typically envision panels perched on rooftops. However, solar panels can be more versatile than you might expect. For those with roofs not quite cut out for solar panels but blessed with plenty of land, installing a ground-mounted solar panel system could be the perfect power play.

Moving past rooftop installs, ground-mounted solar panels utilize land to harness the sun's power. The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) states that nearly half of the UK's solar panels are ground-mounted, often as part of larger solar farms. Yet, this doesn't rule out ground-mounted systems for home use.

Setting Up Solar Panels on the Ground 

Ground-mounted solar panels come to life using various mounting strategies. During installation, panels are anchored to frames with clamps or brackets, setting them up for maximum sun exposure while also safeguarding against the elements. Layouts can vary, with options for portrait or landscape configuration, and single or stacked arrangements. Key to design, though, is making sure panels are spaced to prevent shading each other.

Before these panels hit the ground, there's a bit of prep work involved. The site needs levelling to support the structure and clearing to eliminate any obstacles – sometimes that means a little grading or excavation to get a flat, stable base.

Types of Ground-Mounted Solar Panels:

  • Standard ground mounts use a sturdy A-frame cemented or piled into the earth.

  • Solar tracking systems play sun follow-the-leader all day for better exposure.

  • Ballasted plastic tubes stay put right on the soil, similar to flat roof systems.

  • Wooden frames often offer a custom solution, doubling as other structures, perhaps.

Pros and Cons of Ground-Mounted Solar Panels Pros:

  • Ideal for those with non-solar-friendly roofs but with land plenty.

  • Avoids roof-drilling means, dodging any warranty woes.

  • More control over panel positioning ensures optimal sun time.

  • Ground access eases maintenance, no pros are needed for a quick clean or snow removal.

  • Not restricted by roof size, these systems can be more substantial and scalable.

  • Plus, all the benefits of a rooftop system, like lower energy bills, a slimmer carbon footprint, and Smart Export Guarantee rewards.

  • Adjustability and design flexibility are key, catering to seasonal sunlight shifts.


  • Takes up useful ground space.

  • Potential theft if the area is easily accessed.

  • Needs a decent amount of unshaded, free land.

  • Panel choices may be limited by frame sizing.

  • Ground arrays can be more costly due to the need for extra infrastructure and labour.

Before Diving into a Ground-Mounted Setup, Consider:

  • Ecological Impact:


    Thoughtful design can mean ground-mounted panels and also provide a haven for local wildlife. Well-designed systems don't significantly disrupt the land and are reversible if you ever change your mind.

Planning Permissions for Ground-Mounted Solar Panels in the UK: 

Do you need a green light from the authorities? Usually, you're good to go if:

  • Nothing's above 4 meters high.

  • You're setting up at least 5 meters from property borders.

  • The arrangement isn't over 9 square meters.

  • But, check your local regulations, especially if you're in a historic or conserved space.

Looking to Go Ground-Mounted in the UK? 

If you're a UK property owner pondering a ground-mounted solar solution, give Solar Panels London a call. We're all about tailored design and installation for both residential and commercial setups. Phone us at 02030265032 or hit 'enquire now' to connect with one of our solar experts.

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