JPCS powers up 90,000 homes with ground mounted solar energy

50Mwp ground mounted solar

JPCS has reached a key milestone within the renewables market, with its ground mounted structures for solar PV supporting over 50MWp of energy.

Since 2011, the innovative Groundscrew® system has been the foundation for more than 55MWp of energy, with over 30MWp installed in the first quarter of 2013 alone. The 55MWp achievement has the capacity to power 92,000 homes, boil 26,500 kettles and run 4.8 million low energy light bulbs.

Cheshire-based JPCS pioneered the installation for ground mounted solar panels in the UK using Groundscrew®, which is a robust and sustainable alternative to traditional concrete foundations. The system removes the need for excavation and concreting. Using over 48,000 Groundscrews, JPCS has provided the foundations for approximately 58 miles of frames and 235 miles of aluminium rails, to mount 185,000 solar PV modules – the equivalent surface area of 1400 tennis courts.

Peter Shone, managing director of JPCS, said:

“We’ve been working in partnership with renewable energy developers and market leading businesses to deliver some exciting projects up and down the country, from Scotland to Cornwall. The early signs are that these ground mounted projects are outperforming expectations.

“Ground mounted solar is a sound renewable energy source. Boosted by the Feed-in-Tariffs and Renewable Obligation Certificates, according to finance experts, there are more investors interested in funding large-scale solar PV projects than ever before.

“Our portfolio of low-carbon energy projects is growing; this year we’ll also be working on biomass and possibly wind energy. We’re excited to play our part in a sustainable future.”

Based in Cheshire, JPCS is a specialist renewable energy construction company delivering installation and principal contractor services nationwide. The firm is also a leading provider of highways and rail civil engineering services in the UK.