Commercial Ground-mount Solar PV
Why Ground-mount Solar PV?
There are many situations where ground-mounted solar PV is the ideal solution for businesses and organisations looking for affordable, clean energy. Alongside roof-mounted PV solutions it remains the most commercially viable renewable energy technology currently available,
Lack of suitable roof space
Some buildings may not have roofs suitable for solar PV installation. They may not have a suitable aspect (i.e. south-facing), the roof structure may not be strong enough or the roof space may be interrupted by skylights, vents or AC equipment. There may be planning constraints on listed buildings or in conservation areas and in some cases the roof might simply be too small to generate significant amounts of electricity. If organisations have access to underutilised land then ground-mounted solar using steel frames anchored to the ground may be the answer.
Roof-mount solar is largely dependent on the roof’s aspect and pitch but a ground-mounted system offers more flexibility. A ground-mounted solar installation can be positioned to offer the perfect pitch and orientation to maximise solar irradiance – and therefore optimise power generation.
Ground-mounted solar panels can be accessed easily without the need for scaffolding, harnesses or other roof access equipment. Maintenance is therefore easier and any debris obscuring the panels can quickly be removed.
An expanse of suitable land offers the opportunity for larger scale power generation. This may be appropriate for energy-intensive users where a roof-mounted system would not adequately meet their needs.
Many solar PV farms are becoming important biodiversity sites due to their lack of disturbance. This can be enhanced through the planting of wildflowers and the introduction of bee colonies.
Ground-mount solar services and considerations
Our experienced, professional team will assess your site’s suitability for a ground-mount solar installation against criteria such as:
(1) Solar resource – Solar irradiation varies across the UK – and not just by latitude. We will assess the likely solar resource at your site.
(2) Land classification – solar farm development is preferred on brownfield sites, previously developed land, industrial land or agricultural land of classifications 3b, 4 or 5. Solar farm development on land classified as 1 or 2 would not normally be allowed, while grade 3a land would need significant supporting information to pass planning.
(3) Site works and aspect – clearly sites with a southern aspect are ideal. Any requirement for site levelling or contouring needs to be considered.
(4) Planning issues – we have an experienced team of planning professionals should sites require planning consent.
(5) Grid issues – we will look at any grid constraints and likely connection costs given almost all sites will need to export some power to the National Grid.