Advantages Of Earth Mount Solar® PV

By eliminating the most risky and complicated parts of building a solar power plant, Erthos redefines the physics and economics of utility-scale solar.

20% Lower Capital Cost

The elimination of steel and other costly materials, combined with reduced labor and higher energy density, results in LCOE that is 20% lower than that of typical utility-scale mounting systems.

Twice The Energy Per Acre

Earth Mount Solar PV uses half the land to produce the same amount of energy as conventional tracker systems — perfect for land-constrained sites.

Half The Time To Build

With fewer materials to install — including no steel piles or complex moving parts — Earth Mount Solar PV is simple and fast to install.

Autonomous Cleaning

The unique design of Earth Mount Solar PV enables the use of an automated cleaning robot that dramatically reduces soiling and greatly minimizes O&M costs.

Hurricane Proof

Earth Mount Solar PV has achieved a wind rating of 194 miles per hour, enough to withstand a Category 5 hurricane — something no other utility-scale solar technology can match.

Eliminates Structural Steel

A conventional tracker system can contain upwards of 35 tons of steel per MW, enough to build a skyscraper. An Erthos plant contains no structural steel at all.

<1% Annual Soiling

Soiling is a big problem for conventional tracker systems, which are difficult and expensive to keep clean. Cleaning an Earth Mount Solar PV system is simple, cheap, and automated, resulting in annual soiling rates of less than 1%.

No Sub Surface Risk

Earth Mount Solar PV does not require foundations, piles, or any other sub-surface structure for support. The entire system lays on top of the ground, making the permitting and approvals process a breeze.

70% Less Trenching

An Erthos solar plant requires very minimal, and very shallow, trenching — just enough to channel rainwater into drainage basins and enable cables and wires to pass underneath module frames.

70% Less Cable

The modules in an Earth Mount Solar PV system are installed closely together, dramatically shrinking the footprint of the site as compared to a conventional tracker system and leading to a reduction in cabling of approximately 70%.

70% Less Water Usage

Traditional tracker systems often require extensive grading and dirt work as part of the construction process. These efforts, in turn, can require large amounts of water. With minimal grading needs and no sub-surface activity, Erthos systems reduce these water requirements by up to 70%.

Noise-Free Installation

The installation process for an Earth Mount Solar PV plant does not include large or loud machinery. Instead, it consists of workers laying modules down on the ground and connecting cables, wires, and concrete perimeter blocks by hand.

Low Visual Disturbance

The top of an Earth Mount Solar PV system sits less than three inches off the ground, giving it the lowest visual profile — by far — of any system on the market. Tracker systems, on the other hand, are typically elevated 7-10 feet off the ground, with some systems exceeding 30 feet in height.

Daily Health Data Collection

Earth Mount Solar PV plants are continuously monitored for performance, ensuring immediate action if there are any problems. Soon, the ErthBot will also be able to scan for microcracking and other issues — and report these issues in real time — as it cleans the array.

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