Green light for 5MWp ground mounted solar pv farm


Ground mounted solar PV construction expert, JPCS, working in partnership with Anesco, has started work on one of the largest ground mounted solar pv farms in the UK.

Work on the 5MWp ground mounted solar pv project was started earlier this month at the Cadland Estate near Southampton, with completion anticipated for early summer 2012.

Covering 30 acres of farmland the site will see the installation of 5,000 Groundscrews® and nine kilometres of frame, and the mounting of 18,000 solar PV panels. The landmark project will generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes.

Peter Shone, managing director at JPCS said:

“We are excited to be the chosen installation partner for a project of this scale. With the recent changes to Feed-in-Tariffs, we believe the biggest opportunity in the green sector at the moment is ROC funded energy plants.

“ROCs produce their best savings on major energy plants producing 5MWp or more. As the cost of producing solar power has reduced significantly over the past few years, suppliers are no longer just looking at solar plants of just 10 acres – they are looking at anything up to 300 acres.”

Adrian Pike, CEO of Anesco, said:

“This is a landmark project for Anesco and we continue to lead the way when it comes to energy efficiency solutions for industry, manufacturing, local authorities and homeowners.

“This project is not only helping to reduce emissions but is generating green energy for the local area as well as creating jobs and long term revenue streams.”

JPCS’ innovative and exclusive system, Groundscrew®, was chosen as the foundation system for this leading green energy project. Groundscrew® is a robust and sustainable alternative to traditional concrete foundations for ground mounted solar panels.

The system removes the need for excavation and concreting. Where you would usually cast small concrete pads, Groundscrew® can be used instead.

Groundscrew® is widely used across the world market, playing a leading role in the ground mounted solar industry.

JPCS is a specialist renewable energy services contractor for the private and public sectors. Delivering services nationwide, JPCS has a large portfolio of low-carbon energy projects contributing to a sustainable future. JPCS is also a leading provider of highways and rail services in the UK.