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.

SolarRoofHook continues to evolve, rebrands as QuickBOLT

SolarRoofHook continues to evolve, rebrands as QuickBOLT

January 17, 2019 at 8:36 am 0 comments

  In response to the housing crisis of 2008, Quickscrews launched its first ever non-woodworking division: SolarRoofHook. Its team helped lead the charge to build a new market in solar residential mounting hardware. In 2012, the company received a patent for its QuickBOLT, securing ownership of the technology. Seven yearsRead More

The Horne Brothers solar  division operates more than 35 pile drivers with the Vermeer PD10 pile driver representing the majority of its fleet.

Pile On: Horne Brothers Construction explains the dramatic growth of its solar division

January 16, 2019 at 10:40 am 0 comments

The solar division of Horne Brothers Construction is hitting its stride in today’s hot market. Based in Fayetteville, N.C., the division has expanded from around 30 employees to over 400 in just three years. The highly specialized company handles everything from driving piles and installing racking and modules to landRead More

RPCS turns to TerraSmart ground screws on challenging Nebraska solar tracker project

RPCS turns to TerraSmart ground screws on challenging Nebraska solar tracker project

January 9, 2019 at 9:04 am 0 comments

RPCS partnered with GenPro Energy Solutions and the City of Atkinson to build a 209-kW solar array in Nebraska on a particularly challenging site. The city formerly used the Atkinson-owned site for fill, a place where soil, trees, and debris were brought then covered with dirt. This created embedment depthsRead More

SolaTrim is a lightweight aluminum skirt that is attached with a 3M VHB 5952 peel and stick adhesive.

PV Protection: Four reasons you should already be installing protective barriers on solar arrays

January 8, 2019 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Installing a protective barrier or skirt with a rooftop solar system should no longer be considered an add-on or upgrade but rather an integral part of the design. The argument why is self-explanatory once you play out the scenario. So, let’s play it out. A protective barrier provides pest protection.Read More

Case study: McElroy Metal adds solar system to its standing-seam metal roof with S-5!

Case study: McElroy Metal adds solar system to its standing-seam metal roof with S-5!

December 3, 2018 at 10:40 am 0 comments

Wanting to offset the plant’s electrical usage, and still show a return on investment, McElroy Metal chose a solar solution system for its plant. A solar addition is old hat for McElroy, as they previously re-roofed their Peachtree City, Ga., standing seam roof facility with 1,960 solar panels. The amountRead More

Renewable energy needs steel, but is steel green? New report calls for reduction in steel industry carbon footprint

Renewable energy needs steel, but is steel green? New report calls for reduction in steel industry carbon footprint

November 19, 2018 at 10:54 am 1 comment

Green energy sources like solar are the best energy solutions for the planet, but they also aren’t perfect. Example: At the largest conference in the U.S. dedicated to green building, Mighty Earth released a new report pointing out the enormous carbon footprint of steel used in green construction. The globalRead More

ForeFront Power develops solar carport, storage system for University of California, Santa Cruz

ForeFront Power develops solar carport, storage system for University of California, Santa Cruz

November 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm Comments are Disabled

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) has partnered with ForeFront Power to develop a 2-MW solar parking canopy structure plus energy storage system that will provide clean, reliable electricity to the campus over a 20-year term. UCSC procured renewable energy with ForeFront Power through a streamlined procurement process viaRead More

EcoFasten acquired by a leading European solar rooftop mounting provider

EcoFasten acquired by a leading European solar rooftop mounting provider

November 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm Comments are Disabled

Esdec, a leading European solar rooftop mounting solutions provider (we profiled their new U.S.-focused commercial system here), announced today that it has acquired EcoFasten Solar, a manufacturer of water-tight solar roof mounts and components for the U.S. residential and commercial sectors. The combination of Esdec and EcoFasten Solar creates aRead More

Soltec is testing for all bifacial tracking variables at its new evaluation center in Livermore, Calif.

Bifacial Gains: How much will bifacial modules add to solar tracker value? We are about to find out

October 23, 2018 at 8:00 am 4 comments

We are on the verge of the bifacial solar tracker era. Projects are being quoted with many starting to break ground later this year and early 2019. Only two issues remain in the way of serious wide-spread adoption. First is the price of bifacial modules, which sits at about 30Read More

APA Racking explains the value of turnkey providers for solar project managers

APA Racking explains the value of turnkey providers for solar project managers

October 22, 2018 at 11:23 am Comments are Disabled

The following post is from APA Racking’s Solar Solutions blog series. As timelines get delayed and projects overlap each other, project managers can quickly get overloaded by juggling multiple projects at once. Hiring more skilled project managers isn’t as easy as it seems with this skill set in high demandRead More