Mounting Guide

Solar projects have so much potential when viewed as a collective bundle, like this group of 30 rooftop arrays Standard Solar is installing for the Washington, D.C., Department of General Services that combine for a total of 7 MW (pictured here).

Urban Planning: Commercial rooftops are biggest void, opportunity in solar

June 19, 2017 at 12:29 pm 0 comments

Commercial rooftops offer a ton of potential job opportunities for solar installers and developers going forward. Analysts at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimate a technical potential of 1,118 GW of capacity and 1,432 TWh of annual energy generation, equivalent to 39 percent of the nation’s electricityRead More

Blattner Energy to build 500-MW of new solar in Florida, Minnesota with SunLink

Blattner Energy to build 500-MW of new solar in Florida, Minnesota with SunLink

June 13, 2017 at 10:06 am 0 comments

Full-scope solar energy solutions provider SunLink Corp. has been selected by Blattner Energy to be the project supplier in connection with projects in the fast-growing solar states of Florida and Minnesota. SunLink will supply Blattner with engineering services and its fixed-tilt mounting solution GeoPro, which boasts the capability to handleRead More

GAF installs its first fully integrated solar roofing system DecoTech

GAF installs its first fully integrated solar roofing system DecoTech

June 9, 2017 at 11:26 am 0 comments

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, announced that Bay Valley Contractors completed a fully integrated residential solar panel installation. The 5.1 kW DecoTech Solar Roofing System was installed on a home in Concord, Calif. This location follows several successful installations on test sites throughout the U.S. Simple installation and attractiveRead More

How to use tracker control systems to your advantage

How to use tracker control systems to your advantage

June 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm 0 comments

In the December 2016 Solar Builder, I discussed the industry evolution from passive to active and dynamic systems. Here’s a primer on control systems and how to make them work for your project. The Basics Clients frequently ask how trackers will respond to a given condition. Your tracker manufacturer willRead More

S-5! offering free course to optimize solar rooftop design

S-5! offering free course to optimize solar rooftop design

June 5, 2017 at 10:11 am 0 comments

The S-5! Attachment Solutions continuing education course, The Solar-Ready Roof: Optimize the Design, is live in the AEC Daily Online Learning Center. Choosing the right platform for solar panels is a critical step in the design process and can have significant impact on both initial and long-term costs. This freeRead More

Pegasus Solar issued patent for self-aligning PV panel clamps

Pegasus Solar issued patent for self-aligning PV panel clamps

May 31, 2017 at 7:32 am 0 comments

  The U.S. Patent Office has issued Pegasus Solar a patent for its solar panel clamps for residential installations, that are designed to make the mounting process faster and easier. Pegasus’ rail-free residential solar mounting systems use the clamps to secure solar panels to residential rooftops. Conventional mounting structures can requireRead More

Photo: Quick Mount PV’s E-Mount Lag

We look at the pros and cons of rail and rail-less PV mounting systems

May 30, 2017 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Should you go with a rail or rail-less PV mounting system on your next installation? Depending on who you ask, you will get strong opinions for both. I liken the choice to dieting. Don’t eat meat! Actually, don’t eat carbs! No, it’s sugar that’s the killer! Milk is bad! YouRead More

Canada’s IEC working on solar tracker safety standard

Canada’s IEC working on solar tracker safety standard

May 22, 2017 at 8:14 am 0 comments

The International Electrotechnical Commission IEC TC82 WG7 meeting was held recently at the University of Ottawa, Canada. The meeting covered topics on safety, performance and testing requirements of CPV modules, cells and the safety standard for solar trackers and CPV optics. For the first time, a solar tracker safety standard willRead More

QUICK CONNECTION 
The QuikFoot product has a baseplate that is fastened to the roof with a flashing over top. All EcoFasten mounting hardware is watertight and secure.

What UL 2703 revisions are on the table? We ask SEIA’s PV Mounting Committee

May 22, 2017 at 7:14 am 0 comments

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) formed its PV Mounting System Manufacturers Committee (MSMC) in March 2016 with the goal of achieving better standardization and unification in the industry around this crucial topic. Since its development, the group has grown to 28 members consisting mainly of experts in U.S.-based mountingRead More

S-5! debuts new RibBracket line for trapezoidal roofing profiles

S-5! debuts new RibBracket line for trapezoidal roofing profiles

May 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm 0 comments

S-5! just released its RibBracket I-IV products, which are shaped to provide a perfect fit to most common trapezoidal roof shapes. Thoroughly tested for strength, RibBracket I-IV has no moving parts and is flexible enough to fit varying trapezoidal widths. A higher profile ensures more space between the roof and anyRead More

 
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