Should You Mount Your Solar Panels on the Roof or on the Ground?

There is no wrong way to go when deciding between whether to mount your solar panels on your roof or on the ground in Twin Falls County, Idaho, or the surrounding areas. With offerings in agricultural solar, commercial solar, residential solar, and solar maintenance, we at Magic Solar know that the difference between roof mounting and ground mounting comes down to a myriad of factors that range from how much space that you have on the roof or ground, your personal preferences on how each respective install would look, surrounding wildlife or children who could accidentally damage your panels and, ultimately, how much power you can get from each installation type. Let’s explore some of the reasons why people have gone with each type of install in order to help you make the proper move.

Roof-Based Solar Panel Systems

Quite popular, indeed, roof installations look nice and neat without taking up much space. They free up your yard space compared to ground installs, carry less risk of damage from accidental interference, yet are a prime target for hail if you live in an area that is known for hail. The output in power from roof installations is typically limited by the direction which your house is facing, so this is ultimately one of the biggest factors from a financial perspective. If you’re OK with getting 50% to 80% of maximum power because it avoids some of the other risk factors mentioned, then it makes sense to do roof installation.

Ground-Based Solar Panel Systems

If, however, you can afford the ground space, don’t mind how they look and don’t have any savage animals or younglings to damage your pricey panels, ground installation is certainly the way to go. Not only can you typically use more panels than you could on a roof installation, but you can also adjust the angle and position of your panels to be precisely aligned with the sun. Ground installations also keep solar panels cool and away from the hot roof of the house, which greatly increases productivity.

Whichever method that you choose, it is always advisable to protect your solar investment through regular cleaning, inspection, and repairs. Even if you didn’t buy from us, we are happy to perform all of the above for your setup! Magic Solar is a third-generation electric company that has been in business since 1973. We offer full turnkey solutions that are on time and on budget; we have the supply chain, facilities, and workforce to get any job done big or small. Contact Magic Solar for a free solar consultation today.

Share:

More Posts

WHAT DO PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY?

Magic SolarExcellentMagic Solar5.0 Based on 25 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onReview author ★★★★★ Top Notch beginning to end. Answered all our questions and concerns promptly. Smooth installation and activation. We're producing power! Highly recommend for solar and/or electrical needs.Review author ★★★★★ For me it is simple, my family deserves the BEST so we asked the BEST to see our investment all the way through. Billy, Lex and Beau have built an amazing solar team that did an incredible job of recognizing the seriousness in our plan to educate, equip and execute. The install team was professional, clean, quick and the end result is exactly what we asked for. We could not be any happier with the end product.Thank you Magic Solar, for taking my families solar investment seriously!Review author ★★★★★ Had a great experience working with Jesse and Magic Solar. I received quotes from multiple companies and did research of all the different available panels on the market and liked that they were willing to install our preference instead of pushing a specific product. Quick and painless install by Yovani and crew and everyone was very knowledgeable and helpful every step of the way. Would highly recommend.Review author ★★★★★ Magic Solar is great! They are professional and would answer any questions that I had. Each step of the process was quick and concise. The Solar team really came through for me and was able to get my system installed quickly and without any headaches. They handled all the paperwork and made getting solar power easy.Review author ★★★★★ Review author ★★★★★ I've used Magic Valley Electric for several projects over the years and had amazing service. So when I was faced with a solar project, I naturally gave them a call. Joey was awesome. He was great to work with and when I went in their office the people were so kind - and happy! One employee even knew me by name before I ever met them. Don't consider a solar "door knocker" - call MVEs solar team and get treated right!Review author ★★★★★ Review author ★★★★★ This was not even there solar account, was there within an hour, very courteous. Fixed the simple problem I had been waiting a week for our company to show up for, and didn't even charge me. PS don't go with Freedom Forever terrible company!Review author ★★★★★ Jess was an absolute delight to work with. He was very professional and knowledgeable.The installation was perfect and the system works well.Review author ★★★★★ We were very pleased that Magic Solar would tackle our project, in spite of being a long distance from our place. Several other companies did not want to take on this project. The workers were careful an efficient. They even made a special trip to town to get a seal to plug a hole on the electrical box. We would recommend their services to others.Review author ★★★★★ Everything went well. Quick. Professional and as promised.Review author ★★★★★ Jesse and the team at Magic Solar did an outstanding job on our solar project! We just had our first month with a 5$ Idaho Power bill and are currently banking kWh (well explained by Jesse how that process work’s). The install was smooth, quick and Yovani and Alex were a pleasure to have at our house. Very professional, competent and understanding of our schedule. The job site was cleaned up and left as it was. Highly recommend this group.Don’t be duped by other companies that promise something that they can’t deliver! Being an Idahoan it also means something to me to have a local company work on my project. It’s refreshing to support a local company. Give Jesse and his team a call and see what real solar professionals can do for you!!Review author ★★★★★ Joey Richardson was very good to work with, explaining thoroughly, and anticipating my questions. The installation crew was professional and thorough, and the system is working flawlessly! A very good experience overallReview author ★★★★★ Jesse paid us a home visit. We were considering adding to our existing system. He talked through all the pros and cons, never pushing, and together we concluded that additional panels were not needed. Nor batteries. He explained the Idaho Power rules which would compromise our efforts. Then he guided us through a refresher on reading Solar Edge info from our system. He was low-key, funny, informative and right on top of things. We're glad Jesse's still out there and are happy to know Magic Solar is there to help us in the future. Eric & Kathy, EagleReview author ★★★★★ Very helpful with our issue. We are glad to have them help us with our solar power system. Highly recommend.Review author ★★★★★ A great experience!Review author ★★★★★ Magic Solar helped me update my home's wi-fi and connect it to the solar panels. The company that installed our solar panels went out of business. Magic Solar saved the day! The Boise Manager, Jesse, came out and fixed our problem. He was professional and knowledgeable. Thank you Magic Solar!Review author ★★★★★ Joey and Jesse were great to work with!! Came out to service my existing solar system. Explained everything thoroughly and gave me a quote to add batteries to my system. Would highly recommendReview author ★★★★★ Review author ★★★★★ I had the magic team come out to my place and had them install a new solar system and I was absolutely blown away with their professionalism and attention to detail. They kept me in the loop with all the details of the job. I can’t recommend them enough. Support local and you won’t be disappointedReview author ★★★★★ This job was a little unique for the team.It was completely off grid 7 miles from any power and up the mountain far enough that is was not feasible for them to return home every night.The manager, on site foreman and entire crew were professional at all times!They answered every question I asked and worked very patiently with me trying to pinch every dang penny. They took the time to teach me (the penny pincher) the things that had to be done for me to be satisfied at the completion of this job.I highly recommend Magic Solar for any of your Off Grid solar needs.FYI, They like their coffee black and it costs more if you'd like to help. 😂Review author ★★★★★ I really enjoyed the experience I had with Magic Solar and their installation team. The sales rep was knowledgeable and honest. He was never pushy during the process and communicated with me every day about what was happening during installation. The install happened on schedule and only took a couple of days. They took care of every step including permits and getting Idaho Power here quickly to get us turned on!One happy customer!Review author ★★★★★ I really enjoyed the experience I had with Magic Solar and their installation team. The sales rep was knowledgeable and honest. He was never pushy during the process and communicated with me every day about what was happening during installation. The install happened on schedule and only took a couple of days. They took care of every step including permits and getting Idaho Power here quickly to get us turned on!Review author ★★★★★ The Magic Solar Team has always been prompt with responses and definitely goes above and beyond to help the customer understand the solar process as it can be confusing.Review author ★★★★★ js_loader

FOLLOW US

QUESTIONS? CALL US! 208-266-3258

SOUTH-CENTRAL OFFICE

395 Railway Street,
Suite B
Jerome, Idaho 83338

TREASURE VALLEY OFFICE

7255 W Franklin Rd,
Suite B
Boise, Idaho 83709

Copyright © 2023 Magic Solar. All Rights Reserved.
Web Design by Desert Creative Group

GET A FREE ESTIMATE

Check Out Your Cost-Savings

Our advanced automatic system can provide you with an instant look at your home with rendered solar panels and give you an idea of your cost savings over 25 years. Simply enter a few key details about your property, and our intelligent algorithms will crunch the numbers to give you a precise cost estimation for your solar installation. 

Schedule a Free In-Person Consultation

Schedule your free in-person consultation, and our friendly solar experts will schedule a visit to your address at your convenience. They’ll assess your property’s unique characteristics, discuss your energy needs, discuss financing options, and provide you with a tailored solar solution.

GET A FREE ESTIMATE

Schedule a Free On-Site Estimate With One of Our Solar Professionals!