Where shall I place my PV panels?
My new house is in the design stage. Mid-coast Maine, about 20 miles from the ocean, zone 6.
Good southern exposure. Standing seam roof, oriented about 10 degrees west of due south. 8/12 pitch.
Here's my question: Is there any benefit to placing of panels on the roof as opposed to a ground mount? I have plenty of room on the ground.
An obvious benefit to mounting them on the roof is they'll be out of sight, whereas a ground mount will be much more visible. On the other hand, on the ground I can clear snow and wash off the dust. I suppose a ground mount could be set up to adjust the angle once in a while as the sun angle changes with the seasons, but what sort of mechanism is needed for that?
Posted Jun 30, 2014 3:35 PM ET
Edited Jul 1, 2014 6:26 AM ET
Other Questions in Energy efficiency and durability