JPCS delivers innovative foundation system for UK’s largest solar farm
20 July 2012
JPCS, the UK’s leading ground mounted solar PV construction expert, has provided the foundation for the UK’s largest ground mounted solar farms made up of 18,000 solar panels.
Working in partnership with leading energy efficiency solution company Anesco, JPCS supplied 4,760 Groundscrews® to the 5MWp solar project on the Cadland Estate in Hampshire. This landmark 30 acre project will generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes.
JPCS installed its sustainable foundations system, Groundscrew®, to secure18,000 solar panels in just four weeks.
Steve Helliwell, director at JPCS said:
“Our system removes the need for excavation and concreting. Where you would usually cast small concrete pads, Groundscrew® 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 Groundscrew® 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 Cadland 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.”
Using its exclusive Groundscrew® foundation system, Cheshire-based JPCS has pioneered the installation of ground mounted solar panels across the UK. Since the first trial installation in 2010, the firm has completed more than 20MWp of solar PV installations and is now the UK’s largest specialist ground mounted solar PV installer.
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, it 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.
Log onto www.jpcs.co.uk for more information.
Picture caption: The Cadland Estate solar farm team, (l-r): Steve Helliwell, Benn Teasdale, and Peter Verso from JPCS and Scott Hofgartner and Adrian Pike from Anesco.
For more information about JPCS please contact Lucy Oates or Dan Gledhill at RMS.
Telephone: 0161 927 3131
Notes to editors
JPCS has been creating sustainable energy and infrastructure in the UK for almost 20 years.
JPCS is a nationwide contractor, delivering safe and sustainable civil engineering and maintenance services to the public and private sectors, across the highways, rail and energy markets. Established in 1993 by managing director Peter Shone, JPCS has grown into a £10 million turnover business, working with clients such as Balfour Beatty, the Highways Agency, British Gas, Carillion, Eurovia and local authorities.
JPCS works across two core areas:
• Infrastructure: civil engineering and maintenance of highways and rail
• Energy: renewable energy, including delivering innovative installation solutions for ground mounted solar panels to generate low carbon energy
The business also offers a number of innovative products including:
• Rejuvopatch – a unique, cost effective and sustainable method of carrying out a wide range of surface repairs
• Groundscrew® - a pioneering alternative to traditional concrete foundations for a number of applications, such as signs, building foundations, street furniture, marker posts, railway property and ground mounted solar panels.
Anesco is a national company dedicated to helping homeowners, local authorities and businesses reduce carbon emissions.
Anesco provides companies with a comprehensive energy service from audits through to recommendations, installations and capital funding plans. Its team can provide everything from insulation solutions, solar PV, ground source heat pumps together with micro generation design, installation and maintenance.
For further information call 0845 8944444 or email:
For more information or images from Anesco, or for interviews with CEO Adrian Pike, please call Amy on 02380 63 22 11 or email