Bioenergy, Solar

Precast solar panel foundations for unstable or sensitive locations

Oldcastle Precast debuted precast ballasted footings for solar panel mounting. Oldcastle Precast’s newest product series are designed for use in demanding solar panel applications where the panels need to be secured in unstable, environmentally sensitive, or impenetrable ground conditions such as landfill applications.

(October 20, 2010) — Oldcastle Precast Inc., manufacturer of precast concrete, polymer concrete, and plastic products, debuted patent-pending precast ballasted footings for solar panel mounting. Oldcastle Precast’s newest product series are designed for use in demanding solar panel applications where the panels need to be secured in unstable, environmentally sensitive, or impenetrable ground conditions such as landfill applications.

The footing designs are used for solar power systems that utilize photovoltaic (PV) technologies such as fixed tilt, single axis, or dual axis trackers, or a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) system, such as parabolic trough.

Oldcastle Precast’s ballast footings are  independent precast concrete footings for ground-mounted solar electrical systems. Oldcastle Precast is able to custom engineer products for a specific location, wind speed, tile angle, support and racking configuration, solar module size, weight, local design codes and project requirements.

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The precast concrete ballast footings from Oldcastle Precast suit non-penetrating installations, where the solar installation is going in above bedrock, installations having a high water table, installations requiring environmental sensitivity, as well as installations where adverse soil conditions are present such as corrosive soils or soils with poor passive earth-pressure characteristics. These footings are also designed for relocation and reuse.

For more information, visit www.oldcastleprecast.com/