Mounting Guide

Are Solar Trackers Right for Your Next Project?

Are Solar Trackers Right for Your Next Project?

May 8, 2014 at 8:58 am Comments are Disabled

Tracking systems are simpler and more efficient than ever. The utility-scale solar market is one of the largest areas of opportunity in North America, underscored by the fact that it more than doubled in size between 2012 and 2013 alone. With analysts projecting this growth trajectory to continue through atRead More

Frameless modules show installed on an Array Technologies tracking system

Frameless Modules and How To Mount Them

May 8, 2014 at 8:56 am Comments are Disabled

Frameless modules are becoming more than just an aesthetics-pleaser on residential roofs. There are many benefits to them — better fire protection, better moisture barrier, no grounding needed — but there are also many installation aspects that take some getting used to. How are they mounted? What about wire management?Read More

Mounting Companies Embrace Technology and Social Media

Mounting Companies Embrace Technology and Social Media

May 8, 2014 at 8:55 am Comments are Disabled

Solar Builder  wanted to offer our readers a look into those mounting companies separating themselves from the crowd. With more than 50 mounting-specific manufacturers in the industry, it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. Embracing social media and designing for a mobile era only ensures a company’s longevity. CheckRead More

HatiCon Solar installed a ground-mount system on the roof of the six-story Bullitt Center in Seattle. 
Photos courtesy of John Stamets.

Flexible Engineering

May 7, 2013 at 9:00 am 1 comment

HatiCon Solar repurposed a ground-mount to fit on the roof of a new green building in Seattle. At its grand opening on Earth Day (April 22) this year, the Bullitt Center introduced itself to Seattle and the world. The six-story, 50,000-sq-ft office building is the first urban commercial building in theRead More

Maximize ROI

Maximize ROI

May 7, 2013 at 8:50 am Comments are Disabled

Single-axis trackers are fast to install, easy to maintain and generate the most solar energy at the lowest lifetime cost. The goal of solar power is to lower costs, generate savings and provide a hedge against rising energy rates. Solar developers, financiers, utilities and businesses are all looking for aRead More

No Excavation Needed

No Excavation Needed

May 7, 2013 at 8:48 am 1 comment

Ballasted ground-mounts work just as well as penetrating ones, especially when it comes to difficult land conditions. Visions of large ground-mounted solar projects consist of large posts drilled into the earth, with dirt and small rocks being hauled away. But not all ground conditions are ideal for a penetrating system.Read More

Tilting in Metal’s Favor

Tilting in Metal’s Favor

May 7, 2013 at 8:40 am Comments are Disabled

Low-pitched metal roofs can successfully support solar modules when they’re angled just right. Advanced Racking Solutions manufactures tilted systems that happen to work perfectly on metal rooftops. Metal rooftops are found atop a wide range of buildings — family homes, storage warehouses, large industrial shops, sports arenas, you name it.Read More

Mounting and Racking Product Showcase

Mounting and Racking Product Showcase

May 7, 2013 at 8:40 am Comments are Disabled

As evident on this lengthy page, there are many, many players in the solar industry. It can seem overwhelming to narrow down the choices for the best mounting and racking system for a new solar project. Some companies focus on specific applications — like metal rooftops or landfill caps —Read More

Wires Everywhere

Wires Everywhere

May 7, 2013 at 8:35 am Comments are Disabled

Choosing the right mounting and racking system might seem like your biggest task, but don’t forget about cable management, too. By William Feldman Most any solar panel installation worth its salt, whether on the roof or on the ground, should feature secure mounting for the panels and a secure andRead More

Advice from Mounting Manufacturers

Advice from Mounting Manufacturers

May 7, 2013 at 8:30 am Comments are Disabled

Some tips and tricks directly from solar mounting and racking manufacturers, including proper waterproofing, residential location, full-package systems and installation plans. Fixing leaks from residential PV installations costs more than you think. Jeff Spies, vice president of business development for Quick Mount PV Waterproofing penetrations for solar mounting is aRead More

 
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