Solar for Shipping Containers

Introducing the latest option for mounting solar arrays to standard CONEX shipping containers.  Our solar support structures enable 6-24 solar modules to be mounted on roof surface of standard 20-40 ft shipping containers.

BiFacial Panels on Shipping Container
BiFacial Panels on Shipping Container

Complete Solar Support Structures for Shipping Containers

  • Supports are made of 14 gauge galvanized steel
  • Support brackets use self-drilling screws into side of container
  • No roof penetrations to avoid leaks
  • Pro Solar rails system and module clamps
  • 20ft container can hold two rows of six   40″ wide modules
  • 40ft container can hold two rows of twelve 40″ modules
  • Site-Specific Engineering Available

Support frames attach to the container using leg foundations. These leg foundations attach to edge of container using self-drilling screws.

Bifacial solar panels on shipping container
Bifacial solar panels on shipping container
Leg foundation for attaching solar to shipping container
Leg foundation for attaching solar to shipping container

Example diagram of 20ft Shipping Container Solar

Supports can be picked up at the factory in full size. Alternatively the supports can be cut to smaller dimensions for shipment. User must then assemble using the splice inserts(provided).

Shipping Container Solar supports ready to ship
Solar supports for shipping container can cut in to sections for ease of shipping


-How do the support attach?  Support leg footers have holes to enable self-drilling screws to be installed in the sidewall edge vertical sides.

-Are there holes made in the roof?  No, the screws only penetrate on the sides.

-Do the solar panels overhang the edges?  It depends. If the array is large, the solar panels can safely extend beyond the roof edges by as much as 24-inches on all sides. Advise manufacturer if the solar panel dimensions are larger than the roof surface as longer rail segments may be required.

-What type of solar modules are recommended?  Solar panels have two significant features that should be considered. One is the module frame thickness. The standard hold-down clamps are adequate for 30-40mm thickness. Secondly, solar panels can now be “bi-facial”. This means energy can be absorbed from sunlight hitting not only the top surface, but also from the backside.  Bifacial panels will net 10-15% more energy harvest.

-Do I need engineering docs?  It depends on your installation location and plans for building inspection. Engineering calculations can be created for a specific address in California for a fee.  For other states, the engineering calcs can be performed, but will need to be stamped by a structural engineer in your state.