01 Aug 2012

Biggest UK solar farm built on the ground screw foundation

ground screw foundation cadland solar farm
Krinner’s ground screw foundation has been used as the solution to install 18,000 solar panels in just four weeks, at the UK’s biggest solar farm on the Cadland Estate in Hampshire.

The 5MWp landmark 30 acre project was delivered for energy efficiency solution company Anesco at the Cadland Estate by Krinner UK’s exclusive installation partner in the UK, JPCS, the UK’s largest specialist ground mounted solar pv installer.

Almost 5,000 krinner ground screws were used as the foundation for the project, which is thought to enable the generation of enough electricity to power 1,000 homes.

Steve Helliwell, director at JPCS said:

“Our system removes the need for excavation and concreting. Where you would usually cast small concrete pads, a ground screw can be used instead.

“This came as a real benefit for the project as installation took place during the wettest June on record since 1910. The whole project would have been held up if installers had to wait for dry weather to pour the concrete. Using the ground screw foundation meant we could complete the project on schedule.”

Adrian Pike, CEO of Anesco who designed and managed the project, said: “Solar, along with the other technologies we deploy, are all key to creating a sustainable and mixed generation capacity for the UK, which is vital as we tackle the need to reduce carbon emissions.

“The site at the Cadland Estate blends different energy efficiency technologies together to bring the greatest benefit. It is not only helping to reduce emissions but is generating green energy, while creating jobs and long term revenue streams.”

The ground screw foundation system has been used to install over 20MWp of solar PV in the UK since the first trial installation in 2010. Krinner ground screws are also widely used across the world market, playing a leading role in the ground mounted solar pv industry.

As well as ground mounted solar, the ground screw foundation is also used for a variety of applications. Krinner UK is the nationwide supplier of the ground screw foundation, both on a supply only or on a supply and installation basis.