As our use of non-renewables decreases and technology progresses, the demand for solar energy generation has increased. Seizing on this shift in global energy markets, RSK and CAN launched CAN Renewables in 2020, an environmental services business passionate about the environment and sustainability.

→ Sustainable

CAN Renewables combines expertise in renewable energy and practical technical solutions to deliver solar power engineering services. And like you, we know that solar power is vital to achieving a net-zero and carbon-free future. Efficient asset management, including construction, inspection and preventive maintenance, is critical to maximising energy output and ensuring a return on investment for any solar array, regardless of its location. CAN Renewables draws on more than 20 years of experience in supporting clients’ energy generation requirements.

→ Knowledgeable

As CAN Renewables is a new enterprise, it combines services with its sister company, CAN, a long-established specialist structural, civil and geotechnical engineering contractor. That means we offer a collaborative technical approach to installation and operation and maintenance. Through working closely with RSK sister companies, we understand the challenges facing the energy sector and can bring together a wealth of experience in taking renewable energy schemes from concept to reality. We work in almost every environment and every geography and deliver both new-build and retrofit solar schemes.

→ Responsible

CAN Renewables is deeply committed to the safety of its staff, clients, stakeholders and the greater community. All our operations, whether field- or office-based, are required to adhere to the requirements of the company safety, health, environment and quality management systems, which govern our core processes. As we operate in challenging environments, safety and well-being are crucial. With almost 30 years of infrastructure project experience, CAN prides itself on its ability to find innovative ways of delivering complex projects safely.

What we can do for you


Structural viability assessments and roof inspections

Many operators of solar sites place solar panels on roof space, which generate green energy and use otherwise redundant space. However, before installing a solar scheme on rooftops, detailed assessments are needed to inspect the space for structural integrity. Owing to its multitude of difficult-to-access techniques, CAN Renewables can access virtually any part of any structure in a minimally invasive way. This includes working at height, in confined spaces and accessing areas otherwise inaccessible by traditional means.

Micropile, ground-mounted and rooftop installations

Solar panels can be mounted anywhere with sufficient space. Generally, the areas are divided into two categories: ground mounted and rooftop and building façade. Depending on the prevailing ground conditions, ground mounted installations may use either concrete slab or micropile foundations. CAN Renewables works closely with its sister company, CAN Geotechnical, which has decades of experience in micropile and anchorage installation. Using CAN’s specialist rope-access skills and equipment, we have the capability of completing rooftop and facade maintenance and construction schemes.

Groundworks and de-vegetation

Clearing and preparing the ground for installing ground solar power developments such as solar farms is a vital step for achieving green energy. As an experienced ground engineering contractor, we have the specialist in-house team of de-vegetation operatives, earthwork operatives and accompanying equipment to complete groundworks projects effectively, efficiently and promptly.

Unmanned aerial vehicle inspections and aerial surveys

Using innovative, durable and versatile drones, CAN Renewables personnel can survey solar arrays, record and report any damaged panels to an access-specialist team. The team can follow up by physically accessing and repairing the damaged assets.

Maintenance and retrofits

Although solar farms generate vast amounts of electricity, their potential to produce energy is only as great as the care and maintenance they receive. Through the technical expertise of CAN Renewables, general maintenance is administered by field specialists on the ground or from height.

Module cleaning

We offer module cleaning as a built-on maintenance service or as a standalone offering, depending on your needs. Solar panels must be exposed to sunlight to work correctly and with naturally occurring pollutants, like smog, dust, dirt, regular panel cleaning is essential.

Rope access engineering

CAN introduced industrial rope access into the UK almost four decades ago. Since then, we have remained at the forefront of the industry. Working with the Health and Safety Executive, we helped to introduce the publication of BS 7985:2002 Code of Practice for using rope access methods for industrial purposes. We are a full member of IRATA, all our rope access personnel are IRATA qualified. We work strictly by the IRATA International code of practice.

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CAN Renewables is part of the RSK group of companies

The RSK group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.