With solar energy in hot demand, the amount of solar farms springing up across Western Australia and the Northern Territory is growing steadily. As the industry blossoms, solar energy contractors are turning to one machine to get the job done. 


Solar pile drivers are quickly becoming the sought after machine to implement medium and large scale solar farms around the country. Relatively lightweight, and extremely manoeuvrable, these machines are exceptional at their job. 


Here are 5 advantages of using solar pile drivers.


1. Solar pile drivers are fast pace


Like any big construction job, large solar projects are also prone to big delays, supply bottlenecks, or worse, poor organisation. Arguably one of the most time-consuming jobs in any large scale solar project is the installation of the solar piles used to support the solar panels. Large solar farms typically have several hundred, even thousands of solar piles that need embedding into the ground. 


Luckily the solar pile driver can complete this job at an extraordinary pace. With long run times, exceptional manoeuvrability, and powerful force, pile drivers are the fast-pace machine needed to pick up the pace. 


2. Solar pile drivers are extremely accurate 


One of the main advantages of a solar pile driver is its unparalleled accuracy.


Solar farms are intricate systems that depend on a high degree of planning and accuracy – especially when it comes to the placement of piles. Mistakes in placement and accuracy don’t just cause costly delays to the overall project, they can end up putting your reputation as a contractor at risk. 


With modern technology at hand, Vermeer’s solar pile drivers can carefully and accurately drive solar piles into the ground with extreme precision. Ensuring proper placement and consistent depths are critical to the success of any solar project – no matter the size. 


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3. Solar pile drivers lower labour costs


Solar power plants are known for requiring large investments in their construction and scaling. Solar pile drivers can help small businesses avoid restrictive labour costs by doing most of the hard work themselves. 


Compared to more traditional methods and previous models, the solar pile drivers of today are easily operable with two people – one in control, and the other for guidance and support. This means at any time you can have multiple pile drivers working simultaneously and lower the labour costs per unit as you drive in more solar piles per hour. 


This rate of work can achieve faster results, meaning you can deploy more machines to high priority projects, while ensuring your labour costs are kept in check. With lower costs, you can prioritise your pile driver’s efficiency, as well as focus on training elite teams for fast and effective solar pile installation projects. 


4. Solar pile drivers have a low footprint 


While most solar farms are located on large tracts of land, they can prove difficult to manoeuvre on. Maintaining site integrity is also a key requirement – adding the need to be mindful of ground damage while delivering piles to site locations or conducting surveying. 


This makes solar pile driving a difficult job as disturbing the ground’s surface can quickly become an unwanted cleanup job down the line – something you’ll want to avoid. Pile drivers are becoming lighter and lighter to help avoid impacting surfaces. 


But it’s not just solar farms that want to keep a clean flat surface. In fact, low footprint machinery – like Vermeer’s pile drivers – are quickly catching the attention of other contractors across a range of industries including vac trailer drivers and HDD experts. 

5. Solar pile drivers are becoming more accessible 


In any emerging industry, supplies and equipment are sometimes difficult to come by. The accessibility and affordability of solar pile drivers are only becoming greater by the day, with large scale solar projects signalling huge spikes in demand across the country. 


Whether you’re a small contracting business looking to get a slice of the action, or a mid to large size operation hoping to expand your fleet, you’re in luck. Solar pile drivers are quickly becoming as available as solar power itself is being adopted. 


With a strong record of supplying the most versatile and durable equipment in the resources and renewables sectors, Vermeer WA & NT are ready to support your business in gaining access to the solar power industry. 


Solving the problems of the future 


Solar pile drivers aren’t just heroes ushering in a new generation of sustainable energy, they’re also showing what’s possible when good engineering and technology come together to solve the problems of the future. 


To see a solar pile driver in operation, click on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XDYa4UaPrk&t=14s


Pile drivers Vermeer WA & NT takes pride in stocking the most effective fleet of solar pile drivers ready to deploy to some of the region’s most challenging projects. 


If you’re interested in learning more about the advantages of solar pile drivers and how they can help your business, just contact our expert sales team. We look forward to speaking with you. 

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