Ground mounts are installed when there is expansive land and few or no structures in the immediate area with enough roof space to accommodate the array. Prior to siting the system, it may be recommended that the area to be fenced off for safety reasons. Another consideration is whether the site will be easily accessible for the installation crew and their equipment.
Ground mounts are popular in more rural settings or spaces where there is ample land adjacent to the benefitting structure. In order to ensure the array is on a stable foundation, piles are driven into the ground to support the solar equipment. Trenching for connecting cables will also be done in order to transmit energy produced from the array.
While this type of installation generally takes 6-8 weeks to complete, it may require some extra time beforehand for a geological survey prior to permitting.