How TerraSmart’s new racking-plus-ground-screw solution reduces costs

At Intersolar this year, TerraSmart debuted a new solution, the TF2, that combines its revolutionary racking system with its widely deployed and versatile ground-screw foundation, which will provide an additional 30 percent in cost reductions on installation. This update will make the TF2 one of the go-to racking solutions for difficult soil conditions.

“The TF2 allows me to meet more aggressive construction schedules because of its ability to work on any surface and its ease of installation,” said Chris Perron, Vice President, EPC at Nexamp. “Regardless of a project site’s subsurface conditions, I know I can go with the TF2 and be able to deliver a project on time and on budget. TerraSmart’s integrated project management team and solutions have been critical to our ability to successfully execute on a growing pipeline of development and third party EPC projects with short construction durations.”

TerraSmart’s innovative engineers designed the TF2 with installers in mind, incorporating the most sought-after features culled from customer feedback over six years and 1 GW of installed capacity. As a result, the TF2 provides customers with the most efficient racking system on the market.

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Features of the TF2 include:

● Faster installation times with 66 percent less hardware than TerraSmart’s previous rack and far fewer than its competitors’ offerings, as well as integrated electrical bonding;
● Integrated wire management: TF2’s Smart-C accommodates cables to provide hassle-free wire management.
● Simplified hardware stack: Threaded inserts and two-part hardware stacks make connecting TF2 components easier and quicker than ever;
● Lighter design: The TF2’s lighter yet stiffer components make it safer and easier to handle onsite and enables more economical shipping;
● The TF2 has passed the exacting standards of UL 2703 Edition 1, complies with the NEC and has undergone wind-tunnel tests.

“Our new TF2 rack builds upon years of proven installation success on hilly, undulating terrain to accelerate project timelines and reduce project costs,” said Ryan Reid, TerraSmart founder and president. “With slope capabilities up to 36 percent, the TF2 minimizes pre-construction civil work and potential delays frequently encountered while excavating previously untouched soils. We provide our customers with the design, engineering, manufacturing and installation support to ensure that they get more value from their rack.”

TerraSmart’s market-leading installation machinery provides a more precisely installed foundation combined with state-of-the-art surveying, rock drilling, and installation equipment to remove project risks and increases installation speeds.

Further reading: 2016 Solar Mounting/Racking Guide: Product Showcase