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Ground mount solar PV has traditionally been installed on available land at an optimum angle and position to capture maximum light.
However installing a system with modules mounted on single axis trackers, engineered to follow the trajectory of the sun, is now just as commercially viable. This technology increases efficiency by 15-20%.
While rooftop solar arrays are often the most common choice for commercial solar customers, there are many reasons to consider a ground mounted solar system.
Since ground mount systems generally cost about the same as a rooftop system, installing a ground-mount system is a great option if there are obstructions or limitations to installing solar panels on your roof.
When to consider a ground mount solar system:
✓ For large systems (over 100kW)
✓ You have sunny, exposed land
✓ For rural or regional areas
✓ You have limited roof space for desired system size
✓ Your roof is poorly oriented towards the sun or at an inappropriate angle
✓ There is shading on roof from trees, exhaust vents, or other buildings
Todae Solar has completed more ground mount commercial solar systems than any other commercial installer in Australia.
Organisations that spend a minimum of $3,500 per month on electricity with sufficient land area can receive significant energy savings by installing a ground mount solar system. To understand the potential benefits, a Todae Solar consultant will analyse your electricity usage and provide a sophisticated business case to provide insight into the viability of solar. To register for a no-obligation consultation, please fill out the contact form below. Todae Solar’s clients have installed large-scale solar for the following reasons:
Large-scale energy consumers spend significant money on energy per annum. While these organisations often receive competitive electricity tariffs, these costs can still be one of the largest operational line-items. A ground mount solar system of 500kW can generate over 740,000kWh per year and provide potential annual savings of over $150,000. These cost reductions can allow your business to improve operational profitability and reinvest these savings in other strategic projects. With finance solutions that do not require upfront capital your organisation could receive these benefits without affecting capital budgets.
Commercial solar installations above 100kW are eligible to receive Largescale Generation Certificates (LGC’s) for the energy that they generate. This is part of the Federal Renewable Energy Target (RET) and provides one certificate for one megawatt hour of electricity generation. With the scheme running up until 2030, this can provide over $600,000 of additional revenue for the duration of the scheme.
Whilst large-scale energy consumers often have 2-3 year electricity contracts, energy prices have increased significantly in the last 12 months and are continuing to follow an upward trajectory. Even a 5% increase in these costs can have a dramatic impact on profitability. This lack of control over electricity costs can pose a large risk to your organisation. Large-scale solar systems including ground mount installations, can be used as an initiative to provide greater certainty to, control over and accountability to energy costs.
Organisations that are suited to large-scale solar often have sustainability targets or initiatives in place. Globally solar is one of the most common initiatives to promote Corporate Social Responsibility with organisations such as Apple and Google investing heavily in solar under their sustainability targets. Locally, numerous organisations benefit from solar; one of Todae Solar’s customers, Stockland, received a Green Globe award for their 1.22MW installation.