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How to build a ground mount for your solar panels.
My four requirements…
-Tiltable. In new hampshire we are 70 degrees from vertical in the summer and 24 degrees in the winter. That is a huge swing!
-mostly made from home depot materials. The cross members are not but I’m pretty sure that superstrut could be used in its place.
-mount hardware is under panel to protect from elements
-cheap (the whole setup less than $276) not including panels etc.
The cross members were purchased on craigslist but are available from renogy-store.com.
My panels measure 39.5″ x 66″ and are 245 watt panels.
I had to take about 1/2 dozen trips to home depot to figure this out. It ends up that I didn’t use the 1/2″ hole that is 24 ” from the end of the pipe.
A drill press probably will work just as well as the bridgeport mill for drilling the holes
Make sure that you get the 2″ galvanized schedule 40 pipe and NOT the 2″ galvanized conduit. The conduit has a thinner wall and will be less stable.
Superstrut is awesome. I have never used it before but if anyone watches this video I will document making many more creations out of this material.
Please ask questions! I want to help.

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10 Comments on "ground mount solar panel diy"

  1. Dan Suolo says:

    I've collected a few ideas and went with a movable ground mount please go to my YouTube channel and see it for yourself and while you are there please subscribe thank you!

  2. Just google 'inplix' , take instructions and make it yourself :)

  3. Im sure you can build it too guys. Just look for InpliX page click the PIG and build it too

  4. Go to inplix page if you'd like to know how to build it. Great solutions for everyone I think

  5. Warriorsrus says:

    Hi Keith
    Great video, exactly what I have been searching for on youtube for the past 2 weeks. I'm looking to mount 4, 190 watt panels very similar to the way you are doing except I'm also wanting to have the ability to swing it left to right and manually track the sun thru the day. Your frame is exactly what I have been envisioning except I'm thinking it will have to be with only 1 pole in the center so that it could allow it to swing left to right. Do you think such a setup could work or will that be too much weight for one single pole to support? I'm also looking for the ability to tilt this as well like you are doing. This frame material you used is called Super Strut and purchased at home depot? I was just there today and trying to describe this material only to be told they did not have…wondering if I just had a clueless rep or perhaps only certain stores carry this. Appreciate any help or advice with this.

  6. Mark Osborne says:

    Very nice @!  Now I'm waiting for some solar panel update videos !!

  7. Why didn't you use the strut as it was intended to be used with strut nuts?

  8. I would like to do a DIY grid tie solar ground mount, but part of getting the permit is to get an engineered plan of schematic.  I can not afford one.  Is there any other way to do it?  I am in Southern CA.

  9. awesome video, thanks for a great idea!

  10. Dan Suolo says:

    Really good job, you gave me a lot confidence to do my own ground mount on the cheap.
    I'm trying to decide if i should use 4 X 4 Oak or 2" galvanized STD fence pole.
    I need it to be 10 feet above ground, 3 to 4 feet in the ground. What do you thing?

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