How to get the best out of your solar panels

Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular in commercial and residential properties. Not only is solar energy free by its nature, it also doesn’t cause pollution so it’s incredibly environmentally friendly.

They require very little maintenance and only need to be cleaned every so often and if you’re looking for even less maintenance. You can position your panels at an angle, usually at approximately 15 degrees, this will encourage rainwater to collect and run across the panels, cleaning as it goes.

However, if you’re after larger panels for your land or property to create a solar farm, it’s crucial to make sure that they have been properly secured so that they can weather all conditions, that’s where solar panel ballast blocks come in.


What are the benefits of installing solar panels?

By installing solar panels on site you can immediately cut your electricity bills as well as your carbon footprint. Solar panels can also give you the opportunity to make money too.

The UK government operates a ‘Feed-in Tariff’ through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which means that the scheme pays for the energy that your solar panels generate, even if you use it yourself.

There are many benefits to installing solar panels at your residential or commercial property but it’s important to remember that the effectiveness of any solar panel is only as good as the foundation in which it’s been installed, so it’s critical to get it right.


How should you secure your solar panels?

The most effective and popular solution for installing and securing solar panels is to fix them to a concrete base.

Not only is a solar panel concrete base relatively straightforward to install, it is also robust, durable and designed to stand the test of time. This means that your solar panels stay secure and fixed in place and can cope with heavy rain or wind.


Where should you install your solar panels?

Typically, a solar panel is installed on a roof and positioned accordingly to maximise the optimum amount of energy generated. However, you can also install ground-mounted solar panels which are often preferable to installing on a roof, depending on the situation.

Many of our customers choose to install ground-mounted solar panels with a concrete base. Installing the panels on the ground means that they can be positioned at the optimum angle and orientation in order to maximise the energy output, as opposed to being restricted with being positioned on a rooftop.

Ground-mounted solar panels also are an effective use of land meaning that solar panels can be efficiently located in otherwise unused land.


What is a solar panel kentledge block?

Historically, solar panels were installed using a driven pile method. However, precast concrete is becoming increasingly popular as a way of installing and securing solar panels. Commonly known as ‘solar panel feet’, ‘solar panel kentledge block’ or ‘solar panel ballast block’, this method is often used when installing solar panels over a surface with little penetration.

Our easy-to-install concrete kentledge blocks can be delivered quickly, plus precast concrete ballast blocks are 100% recyclable, making your solar panels even more environmentally friendly. We can deliver them to your site and offload them for you to make things even simpler.

Here at JP Concrete, we provide a wide range of precast concrete panels which can be used for solar panel installation. In addition to providing the highest quality concrete, we’re also more than happy to offer advice if you’re confused about solar panel installation. It’s always best to get advice first so you get the best out of your solar panels.

Our team members are skilled and experienced and can advise you on the best concrete blocks to use for your solar panels. They can also advise you on how to install solar panels whether you intend to position them on your roof or whether a ground-mounted option is better in your situation.

So give our friendly team a call today on 0115 895 2625 or visit our website to browse our product list and fill in our contact form. We’re always happy to offer advice to get your project off to the best start.