Steel company Tata has launched a PV ground mounting system for the UK market.

The company said it would offer systems built to order based on the needs of individual customer base which, along with sourcing and constructing steel frames, includes independently sourcing the solar panels appropriate to each project.

One of the principal aims of the system, according to the company, is to reduce materials required and strengthen systems, with a smaller number of piles needed for installation. Tata Steel asserts that its long standing experience in steel puts the company in a good position to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and utility companies, as well as developers and planners with suitable ground mounting for solar PV plants. The company has to date developed over 50MW of capacity since entering the solar industry in 2008.

Saurish Basu, business development manager at the company, spoke to Solar Power Portal about the new service at the Solar Energy UK show. He explained although it might sound counterintuitive for a steel company to be talking about reducing the amount of steel needed for a product it sold, ultimately it was about the sector working toward grid parity and reducing overall system costs.