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Fiji’s solar market status

Most Pacific Island countries spend vast chunks of their annual GDPs on fuel imports. This is illogical considering that there is no shortage of renewable sources of energy in the Pacific region. Is Fiji different from other Pacific states that are dependent on costly fossil fuels for their daily needs?

The most recent statistics concerning Fiji’s solar market reveal that the country has an installed solar capacity of 4 Megawatts. This meager solar capacity is a course for concern primarily because its solar potential is approximately 170 Gigawatt-hours annually. However, the government’s newfound desire to exploit the nation’s renewable energy potential offers something to smile about.

Fijian authorities are currently working on what could be the largest solar energy project in the pacific region. They plan to install at least 15 Megawatts of solar generation capacity with financial support from the International Financial Corporation. The success of this project is most likely to open up new opportunities for solar installers and professionals in the Fijian solar market.  

Fijian solar market equipment supply capacity

Even though Fiji is an emerging solar market, it enjoys a good presence of solar equipment suppliers. Some readily available equipment in Fiji includes solar panels, batteries, inverters, and charge controllers. Nevertheless, these suppliers serve a small market and may not have the capacity to supply mega-project equipment. In such a scenario, the best course of action is importing equipment from leading brands in established solar markets.

Fiji’s Suva and Lautoka ports make it easy to import solar equipment from any leading solar equipment brands on Solarfeeds. We are the source of the most competitive equipment quotes in the global solar sector. The only thing you need to do is visit our inquiry page and send us a request.   

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Ground Mount Systems for Solar

When you install a solar panel system at home or your working space, you have different mounting ways to choose from. Although you observe that most residential and commercial properties have solar panels installed on their rooftop, that’s not the only means. Besides, that is the only traditional way of placing your solar panels. There are several ways to place and install your solar power systems. Among the methods of installing solar panel systems, the ground mount system is the most common one.

In today’s article, we will explain what a ground mount system is, its cost, benefits, and other important things you should know about it.

What is a Solar Ground Mount System?

Let’s simply put it in a simpler way. From the words “ground” and “mount” a ground mount solar power system is a way of mounting or installing your solar panel system on the ground or any large field near your property rather than installing them at your property’s roof. This type of ground mount system is a good alternative solar solution if you don’t want to place it on top of your house. As long as you have a large yard or field near your place and there is abundant sunlight in your area you can easily have your solar panels installed. Usually, the panels are placed anywhere from a few inches to a few feet off the ground, depending on how your installers set up the racking system.

Types of Ground Mount Systems

The ground-mounted solar system has two main types: standard ground mount and pole mount. The standard one is the same as the pole-mounted ones, the only difference is it is not elevated on poles but rather directly installed on the ground using ground anchors to hold up a racking table. 

A standard mount system is also easier to install as it typically holds the solar array in a fixed position on the ground. Besides, it is a more cost-effective solution for a ground install compared to a pole mount system that usually has tracking systems, resulting in a higher cost per watt. 

Meanwhile, a pole-mounted system acts as a support system to the ground-mounted panels. Since they are elevated on poles, they can easily get maximum sun absorption. Not to mention that they have a monitoring option that allows the solar panels to angle with the sun’s direction.

What Properties are Applicable for Ground Mount Systems?

You can get your solar panels mounted on the ground for your residential or commercial properties as long as you have an open space to place them. Typically, for a residential home, you will need 60-cell solar panels, same with the solar panel size used in residential roof solar installations. Solar farms and bigger facilities are also applicable for ground-mounted solar installations. These properties need larger-scale ground-mounted systems, usually 72-cell solar panels to power the entire building. In this case, a wider field or ground space is needed to install the solar power system. 

How Much Does it Cost to Get a Ground-Mounted Solar System?

When it comes to residential and commercial/agricultural properties, there will be a significant difference between the cost of ground-mounted solar panels installation before and after applying incentives. To give you an estimated cost, the average residential property can expect to pay between $23,000 and $46,000+ to get a ground-mounted solar system, but prices still vary depending on the size of solar panels. Whereas, commercial and industrial properties can expect to pay $66,000 to $200,000+ to install a ground-mounted solar system.