Learn why ballast blocks are a great choice when installing a mounted solar power system

Have you thought about using concrete ballast blocks for your project? Designing and constructing a ballasted solar mounting system can often be a complicated process, with numerous factors to consider such as wind, position and roof type.

At JP Concrete, we supply a range of ballast blocks which can be installed on a permanent basis, or as a solution for short-term projects. Concrete ballast blocks are a reliable, durable and long-lasting product that are the perfect solution for creating a ballasted solar mounting system.

To help you decide whether this is the right solution for you, we have put together some further information and aim to answer some of your frequently asked questions.


Why should I use ballast blocks for my project?

Choosing to use our precast concrete ballast blocks for your solar panel project can provide you with added flexibility. Ballast blocks can be used on flat commercial-style roofs, where it is not possible to penetrate the roof surface, and are simpler to install than penetrating systems. The blocks can be attached to the mounting to firmly hold the array in place to either the ground or roof to prevent movement.

Minimal site excavation is required and little preparation is needed for the placement of blocks, saving you valuable time. They are quick and simple to install and can be moved easily using a forklift. The blocks can also be moved or reused at a later date, and can be recycled if necessary.


What are the benefits of using JP Concrete ballast blocks?

There are many benefits to using our products, which mostly come down to variety and durability.

Our precast solar panel ballast blocks are manufactured from freeze-thaw-resistant concrete and are finished with chamfered edges to ensure they’re built to go the distance. JPC ballast blocks can accommodate most site locations and conditions and are not weather dependent.

In addition to supplying quality products, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. Our team is committed to ensuring you have the materials you need to start your project as soon as possible, so you can get on with doing what you do best. We also offer a full installation service across the UK, so you can rely on us to have your items fitted as and when you need them.


How much do ballast blocks cost?

Naturally, prices will vary depending on the number of items you order, their size and weight, and whether you need them to be delivered and installed.

For a more precise estimate and further advice speak to our friendly team. We’re happy to talk you through your project and give you a full quote with no obligation.


What sizes are available?

At JP Concrete, we supply a range of standard concrete ballast blocks in weights of 500kg, 1000kg, 2400kg, 2500kg and 5760kg and widths and heights up to 2000mm.

If you require different weights or sizes to our standard blocks, we can also manufacture bespoke blocks to specifically suit your project with the option of adding customised features including cast-in holes, eye bolts, Halfen channels and additional lifting points.


How quickly can ballast blocks be delivered?

Our standard sizes and weights are often already in stock and therefore can be delivered fast (our standard delivery time is 2-3 days but we are sometimes able to deliver these units the very next day).

If you only need ballast blocks for a short period, we also offer ballast block hire service. For further advice on how our ballast blocks can be used for your project, give is a call on 01158 220 282.