Metal Foundations Industries provides solar installers and developers a better foundation alternative22. June 2012 | By: Metal Foundations Industries
Metal Foundations Industries (MFI) offers an innovative alternative to standard concrete and driven pile foundations for ground-mounted Photovoltaic Panels and Heliostat Tracking Mirrors.
"Metal Foundations recognized an opportunity to offer solar developers and installers a strong, durable, reliable and cost-effective solution to various challenges they face when installing standard concrete and driven pile foundations for ground-mounted PV panels and heliostat tracking mirrors," said Geoffrey Feidelberg, CEO at Metal Foundations. "No concrete is required to install our foundations.
Many solar developments are located in remote locations, therefore concrete is not always practical and many times water is not readily available. Also, many solar technologies require precision positioning for the system to work properly. The smallest deviation can cause detrimental effects. This is very difficult to do with driven pile foundations. Although satisfactory for basic applications they cannot compete with Metal Foundations' designs when precision is essential. Our patented foundation designs and proprietary design processes give us the distinct advantage necessary to hone in on minute details to develop foundations that can accommodate the strictest specifications."
MFI's patented designs offer developers and installers the unique advantage of greater control against forces such as; torsion, overturning, shear, deflection and rotation. MFI's proprietary design process considers many factors including; soil conditions, load, structure and various forces to custom design a foundation to perfectly meet the needs of each unique project – ensuring clients a strong, reliable and sturdy foundation built to the exact specifications they define. In addition, MFI's foundations are made of solid steel – a "green" building material that is 100% recyclable and exceeds the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) requirements for LEED certification.
During the design process, soil type, location and the size of the foundation are analyzed to determine which of MFIs' proprietary installation processes will be most effective. None of MFI's installation processes require concrete, therefore large excavation, water usage and soil disruption are eliminated. MFI's installation processes ensure easy installation in any soil condition, in any weather, and in any location with no spoils to haul away.