Mounting Guide

News and best practices for installing solar mounting and racking systems for rooftops and ground-mounts. Coverage includes attachments, ballast, carports, fixed-tilt, flashing, geotech, hooks, rack mounts, rail-free, structural and trackers.

California subdivision gets ahead of the solar mandate, re-roofs with CertainTeed products

California subdivision gets ahead of the solar mandate, re-roofs with CertainTeed products

September 19, 2018 at 1:18 pm 0 comments

Across the country, more subdivisions are choosing rooftop solar as a way to attract and retain earth-conscious home buyers. The California Energy Commission recently voted to mandate rooftop solar for all new California homes and multi-family residences under three stories. However, many communities are warming up to the benefits ofRead More

Carlisle Roof Foam and Coatings present C&I roof restoration options at SPI

Carlisle Roof Foam and Coatings present C&I roof restoration options at SPI

September 18, 2018 at 3:25 pm 0 comments

Just as a mechanic wouldn’t put a new Ferrari 456 V-8 engine in an old Geo Metro, a deteriorating old roof is not the best option to hold a new solar array on an existing building. Carlisle Roof Foam and Coatings will be showcasing its roofing options, for new andRead More

GP JOULE 2.7MW Project in Lake Waconia, Minn.

GP JOULE reports triple digit revenue growth after entering U.S. solar market

September 11, 2018 at 8:47 am 0 comments

GP JOULE Canada Corp., a subsidiary of GP JOULE GmbH, reports its expansion in the U.S. photovoltaic market resulted in triple-digit revenue growth in 2017, through the combined earnings of its four North American subsidiaries — two in Canada and two in the U.S. The company’s engineering, procurement, and constructionRead More

RBI Solar acquires balance of system provider SolarBOS

RBI Solar acquires balance of system provider SolarBOS

August 29, 2018 at 12:05 pm 0 comments

RBI Solar, Inc. sent word that it has acquired California-based SolarBOS, Inc., a market leading provider of PV electrical balance of systems (BOS). As a single source provider of solar racking systems, RBI Solar will look to integrate SolarBOS’ products to more completely throughout its lineup. Founded in 2004, SolarBOSRead More

Exyte Energy chooses Solar FlexRack Pre-Cast mounting system for Massachusetts landfill project

Exyte Energy chooses Solar FlexRack Pre-Cast mounting system for Massachusetts landfill project

August 27, 2018 at 11:34 am 0 comments

Exyte Energy (formerly M+W Energy, Inc.), one of America’s largest providers of EPC and O&M services for solar photovoltaic systems, has installed Solar FlexRack’s Series B (ballasted) Pre-Cast mounting system in a landfill solar project in Shrewsbury, Mass. The dedication of local utilities, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company and Shrewsbury ElectricRead More

Roof Tech adds seven module manufacturers to its UL 2703 vendor list

Roof Tech adds seven module manufacturers to its UL 2703 vendor list

August 20, 2018 at 2:38 pm 0 comments

Roof Tech has increased its UL 2703 listing to 24 PV module manufacturers. Now with over 120 PV Modules listed, as a contractor, solar installers have a broader range of modules to install with roof Tech’s rail-less PV mounting systems. Latest listing additions include PV modules from GCL, Itek, LONGi,Read More

Tilt in Action: Meet the Fourth Generation Tracker from AllEarth Renewables 

Tilt in Action: Meet the Fourth Generation Tracker from AllEarth Renewables 

August 14, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Not all tracking systems need acres of land. AllEarth Renewables offers an alternative to rooftops for those doing residential and small C&I work. Now on its Generation 4 Solar Tracker, AllEarth is building on the strengths and history of the first three generations. Here is what’s changed: Structure Made fromRead More

This 3 in 1 Roof boosts solar cell efficiency with new approach to surface temperature management

This 3 in 1 Roof boosts solar cell efficiency with new approach to surface temperature management

August 13, 2018 at 12:11 pm 0 comments

Black or blue silicone solar cells have average efficiency ratings of around 22 percent in test settings, often with a range of 15 to 17 percent in real-world conditions during a course of the day. The creators of the new 3 in 1 Roof system think they have a betterRead More

TerraSmart’s new TF3L ground-mount is lighter, adds more panels per foundation

TerraSmart’s new TF3L ground-mount is lighter, adds more panels per foundation

August 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm 0 comments

TerraSmart introduced the latest edition to its racking portfolio, the TF3L. Similar to TerraSmart’s TF2P, the TF3 Landscape Racking System is designed to maximize construction efficiency on large-scale utility-solar sites thus saving the client from unnecessary civil work. In addition, the TF3L accommodates more panels per foundation, reducing overall site costRead More

IHS Markit: 9 key stats from PV Structural Balance of System Report for North America

IHS Markit: 9 key stats from PV Structural Balance of System Report for North America

August 6, 2018 at 11:00 am 0 comments

In its just-published PV Structural Balance of System (SBOS) Report for North America, IHS Markit forecasts the market at $8.3 billion from 2018 to 2022, to be driven by demand for single-axis trackers. The blended average pricing across all product segments (roof-top and ground-mount) is expected to fall from $0.13/WRead More