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Earth Contact Products (ECP) has been involved with the solar panel industry for many years, and with the development their One Step Foundation System, they have participated in solar array installations and the growth of the solar energy business. The ECP One Step Foundation System is just that, a one step process to install a foundation that is immediately ready for mounting solar panels or racking.

With the One Step Foundation System, there is no concrete to pour, no holes to dig, no rebar and no soils to haul off.  The One Step Helical Pile is a tubular shaft pile that is installed into the ground, and once the correct depth and installation torque is achieved, the solar panel frame or racking can be installed immediately.  ECP offers various lengths, diameters and configurations of the One Step Helical Pile to meet the specifications and demands of engineers and solar contractors.

Advantages of the ECP Helical Solar Foundation System Include:

  • Fast installation using standard equipment
  • Immediate loading - NO waiting for concrete to cure!
  • No site preparation or spoils removal
  • All weather installation - NO costly delays due to inclement weather
  • Permanent or temporary installations
  • One Step Helical Piles can be easily removed and reused
  • Ideal for areas with limited access or for environmentally sensitive sites

According to Steel Research Institute, steel is North America's most recycled material. More steel is recycled annually than paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass combined. This makes the ECP (steel) One Step Foundation System a perfect fit for the renewable energy field.  The increased demand for “green power generation” means that contractors, who are competing in the ground mount solar market, need foundation systems that can be installed quickly to keep projects on time and profitable.  One Step (Steel) Helical Piles are a great fit for solar panel ground mounting and are less costly than concrete foundation systems.

ECP helical piles can be installed in soils ranging from compact sand to clay.  Their versatility, high tensile capacities and the ease of positioning them with extreme accuracy makes them a popular choice for specialty solar contractors.  The One Step Foundation System can resist lateral loads and moments in cohesive and cohesionless soils.  However, for design of solar panel foundations, considerations should be given to design lateral loads, moments, and performance requirements in terms of maximum allowable horizontal deflections.  One Step Foundation Systems are available in single and double helix configurations to match loading conditions.

ECP’s One Step Solar Foundation Systems Have Been a Successful Solution for Solar Array Installations

by Bill Bonekemper

February, 2015

For more information on the

One Step Solar Foundation

Call ECP at 866-327-0007

Or Visit the Website  ECP Solar

ECP One Step Solar Foundation

The 2.4 MW solar facility pictured here sits on (11) acres, and (850) ECP One Step Solar Foundations were installed to secure the racking system