Unintended consequences of Solar that we see

The exact opposite here. The law basically says: "if you don't bother your neighbors or significantly alter the landscape, just let the municipality know you're putting it up and you're good. No permit needed." It only becomes paperwork intensive once you go over 100kW.
100kWp is a pretty solid limit before permitting is required. I'm limited to 25kWp (fixed). Planning on having a bunch of panels on trailers/mobile to get around that.
 
Although our local grid supplier says that they will help (to the maximum possible) in anyone's efforts to construct a solar system, such is not the case.
I suspect that their main concern is maintaining income.
It has been months since I contacted them to get their assistance and have not even been contacted in any way.

I did go to their office to find out what the problem is but was told I had to apply for service and was given a form. I told them I did have 3 accounts and they looked them up and found them. They gave me an application for service which requires that I prove I own the property.
 
regulations and ordinances here are just terrible for ground mounts, from planning commissions to may additional requirements
Here in the US it is opposite. More rules and regulation when installing roof mount. I have plenty of roof space, not interested because it is 28 feet up there and I'm getting older, need RSD, it snows here and stays cold (I did a recent Youtube video showing how long fixed panel arrays go without production during winter, rooftop is worse), rooftop get dirty here and never seem to become clean again, angle is wrong for the latitude, if roof repairs are needed, the array has to come off.

Just so many cons. It does cost more for ground mount due to the infrastructure but long term I think it is money well spent. Quality infrastructure will outlast PV modules and can be reused.
 
I have been adjusting the planned location and orientation for the new structure to get the best PV I can, rather than the ideal location for a barn really. I can adjust the road to suit the barn more easily than adjusting the sun :ROFLMAO:
I have the similar thoughts, my 11K array faces west 10` 0 south and the "school" 3K will face 10` east.
 
I don't understand why anyone would go rooftop solar if there is an opportunity for ground mount.
It very much depends on where you are and the installation requirements/regulations. Here a ground mount would be nearly twice the cost. Which is why they are so rare around here. Generally only see them in rural locations when properties don't have a suitable rooftop (like my neighbour). Even then people will tend to build a shed and put solar on that rather than build a dedicated ground mount. It can work out cheaper and provide more functionality.
 
I don't understand why anyone would go rooftop solar if there is an opportunity for ground mount.

One of my Marine Corps buddies called this morning. He knows I have a solar system here and we have talked about him installing a system at the acreage he purchased last year that has 8 acres. He always wants roof mount. He understands why I tilt my panels and now wants a roof mount with tilt.

I tried, really tried........
My main array is above the patio (it was a mini horse corral).
My next upgrade will be the roof on the school.
I prefer a standalone ground mount but have to make compromises.
 

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It very much depends on where you are and the installation requirements/regulations. Here a ground mount would be nearly twice the cost. Which is why they are so rare around here. Generally only see them in rural locations when properties don't have a suitable rooftop (like my neighbour). Even then people will tend to build a shed and put solar on that rather than build a dedicated ground mount. It can work out cheaper and provide more functionality.
I can use a non-residential building without RSD or AFDD and get away with it. So I do.
I have 30 acres but much of it is not cleared of trees, so getting the PV up higher gets me away from long winter shadows better.
The re-use of the roof to support the PV is a bonus for me.
All my roof mounts tilt up 72-degrees for winter, and down to 30-degrees for summer. For the Barn design I will build the upper flatter roof at 30-degrees and the lower steeper roof at 72-degrees, with the PV mounted to a tilt frame connected at the change of roof slope.
 
I don't understand why anyone would go rooftop solar if there is an opportunity for ground mount..

I understand why some people don't have many options and it sounds like some places regulate it more. Ground mount makes more sense to me for most situations if you have the room, for all the reasons already mentioned. I ended up putting mine on the shop because it made sense at the time. Now I kind of wish I had figured out a way to go ground mount, which was my original plan. But foolishly, I let the inverter specs dictate that part of it. Lesson learned. I'm probably going to add more panels but these will be ground mount and in a different direction and farther away. It would be nice to have them tilt but I'm thinking I can just add more panels at different angles about as cheap as I can build in the tilting feature.

On the shop I used S-5 mounts and made every effort to do a quality install. I frankly can't see anything I could have done better. But I'm still dealing with some leaks. The shop is insulated with fiberglass insulation so I can't pin it down exactly from inside. My neighbor owns a metal building company and I've had him or his crew over three times now trying to help me find and fix it with no luck. Looks like I may have to pull a bunch of panels off to see if I can find the issue. But what I always think about is, what if I had put this on the roof of my home and had this problem? In the shop it's not as big a deal. Put a bucket under it and keep looking for the leaks. I had all the screws replaced about six months before I installed the panels but it's gotta be either one or two of those new screws or something missed during the panel install. There's not much way for those S-5 mounts to leak but maybe a rubber gasket got left out or something. Just one of many potential problems with roof mount solar. No way I'd ever do in on the house.
 
Just as I gained confidence in our setup and started ignoring it more, my wife started getting more interested. She is now checking on the batteries, sometimes a few times a day.
You're a lucky "Dog"..I wish mine was more interested. Other than her helping me put on the panels on the ground mount, I did all the work myself. It would've been nice if she had helped me dig the 50ft long, 2ft deep PV trench like she said she had originally. Oh well. She probably won't really appreciate it until we have an extended power outage.

I need to show her how to check and run things, but don't know how receptive she would be to it. Talking solar to her is like her talking arts and crafts to me, with the glazed eyes and big ❓❓❓ forming over the head.
 
I never expected the better half to get 'into' the solar thing at all, but I was Wrong, she is all over it.
She asked me to set up a small tablet in the laundry room connected to the shop Solar Assistant so she knows the ESS SOC and as long as its' sunny and ESS is above 50% she knows it's Green light for the Dryer to run. She doesn't even ask me about it anymore. I noticed her checking the local forecast for a couple sunny days, and that is when she runs the laundry, like this was something we always did, or something. Wow I didn't expect that.
I guess we have come a long way from2020 when the original idea was running some lights and few 120 outlets in the shop during a utility outage!
 
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It would be nice to have them tilt but I'm thinking I can just add more panels at different angles about as cheap as I can build in the tilting feature.
without any significant snow, I sure wouldn't bother with tilting! - just pick a good overall angle for the whole year, set it and forget it!
 
without any significant snow, I sure wouldn't bother with tilting! - just pick a good overall angle for the whole year, set it and forget it!
ok reply to my own post - if that isn't too strange,
we finally got a touch of snow today, only an inch or two, (25-50mm) and nope, no snow accumulation on the PV due to the steep winter angle.
Sure bets brooming them off.

My daughter came to visit from Vancouver - she says about 50% of the cars in the City are EV's out there, partly due to price of gasoline, and cheap overnight utility rates. I asked her about solar - but she says not a lot of residential solar in Vancouver really - too much foggy cloudy weather.
 
ok reply to my own post - if that isn't too strange,
we finally got a touch of snow today, only an inch or two, (25-50mm) and nope, no snow accumulation on the PV due to the steep winter angle.
Sure bets brooming them off.

No way I'm brushing off snow.

I guess you have seen the "light". :)
My daughter came to visit from Vancouver - she says about 50% of the cars in the City are EV's out there, partly due to price of gasoline, and cheap overnight utility rates. I asked her about solar - but she says not a lot of residential solar in Vancouver really - too much foggy cloudy weather.
 
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