Mounting Guide

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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

Mounting Pressure: Today’s large-scale PV boom demands new levels of service from racking companies

Mounting Pressure: Today’s large-scale PV boom demands new levels of service from racking companies

May 11, 2017 at 9:09 am Comments are Disabled

For the first time ever, in 2016, U.S. solar ranked as the No. 1 source of new electric generating capacity additions on an annual basis. In total, solar accounted for 39 percent of new capacity additions across all fuel types, and these big numbers are coming via big installs asRead More

On the scene: New solar installation products we saw at the California Solar Power Expo

On the scene: New solar installation products we saw at the California Solar Power Expo

May 9, 2017 at 7:41 am Comments are Disabled

We attended the California Solar Expo in San Diego last week. Here’s a rundown of some of the notable new solar products we spotted around the trade show floor. S-5! is known for its rigorous testing and compliance standards for mounting solar on standing seam metal roofs. Its latest updateRead More

Mexico solar expansion: Two solar tracker companies with Latin America updates

Mexico solar expansion: Two solar tracker companies with Latin America updates

May 8, 2017 at 8:18 am Comments are Disabled

Array Technologies Inc. (ATI) and NEXTacker, two of the top solar tracker companies out there, had news last week concerning moves into Mexico. ATI opens new office ATI’s was the most notable of the announcements, as it is expanding its industry-leading tracker services into Latin America, supported by a newRead More

 
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