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.

This solar mounting system from SunModo anchors entirely above roof tiles

This solar mounting system from SunModo anchors entirely above roof tiles

June 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm 0 comments

Professional solar installers no longer need to grimace when considering a risk-laden solar PV installation on tile roofs. Referenced in our latest Mounting Guide issue, SunModo’s TopTile Mount System conveniently anchors solar racking entirely above the tiles, which spares the installer needing to disrupt tiles, remove battens, damage underlayment, orRead More

Florida’s 3D Solar installs first Quick Mount QRail Racking System

Florida’s 3D Solar installs first Quick Mount QRail Racking System

June 11, 2018 at 8:14 am 0 comments

3D Solar, a Florida-based solar contractor, and Quick Mount PV, a manufacturer of waterproof mounting and racking systems, announced today that 3D Solar has installed the nation’s first Quick Mount PV QRail Racking System. QRail is an innovative new rooftop racking system, with patented QClick and QSplice technologies that simplifyRead More

Solar carport developers find low-cost opportunity despite the tariffs

Solar carport developers find low-cost opportunity despite the tariffs

June 11, 2018 at 7:30 am 0 comments

“But whatever the reason [for the tariff], the consequences probably won’t be severe. The solar revolution is happening so fast that the tariff will make little difference.” — Noah Smith, Bloomberg. This quote from Bloomberg is certainly true, but the immediate effect has unquestionably caused some projects that were “onRead More

Solar FlexRack expands solar services across Western Canada

Solar FlexRack expands solar services across Western Canada

June 6, 2018 at 9:26 am 0 comments

Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, has expanded its solar tracker, fixed tilt racking and project support services across the western regions of Canada. Recently closed supply contracts include commercial and industrial projects, along with distributed generationRead More

Research finds solar PV systems attached with adhesives actually improve building heating and cooling

Research finds solar PV systems attached with adhesives actually improve building heating and cooling

June 4, 2018 at 2:37 pm 0 comments

Attaching solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to roofs with high-performance adhesives can not only substantially reduce the cost and complexity of installing solar it can keep buildings cooler and reduce air conditioning expenses in the summer as well says new research from the Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE, anRead More

Quick Mount PV’s Tile Replacement Mounts feature its patented Elevated Water Seal Technology for optimal waterproofing

The Replacements: These solar mounts for tile rooftops cut labor costs, avoid OSHA issues

May 31, 2018 at 9:00 am 0 comments

It’s always reassuring when solar technology moves faster than a federal regulator, even if it is a well-intentioned agency like the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In this recent case, a new crop of solar tile replacements that support rooftop mounting systems are eliminating the needRead More

Soltec to open world’s first bifacial solar tracking evaluation center

Soltec to open world’s first bifacial solar tracking evaluation center

May 24, 2018 at 4:23 pm 0 comments

Soltec, a leading manufacturer and supplier of horizontal single-axis solar trackers, is opening a new research and evaluation center in the city of Livermore, California, where the company has its U. S. headquarters. The inauguration will take place July 9, just before Intersolar, and your intrepid Solar Builder will beRead More

NClave solar tracker in Panama

Trina Solar acquires a controlling interest in tracker company Nclave

May 23, 2018 at 8:57 am 0 comments

Trina Solar, a Chinese supplier of global solutions for the solar sector, has reached an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Nclave. This agreement consolidates the strategic one signed this March between both companies, which was an engagement to jointly develop, commercialize and install integral solutions for the photovoltaic sectorRead More

NEXTracker, First Solar team on 600 MW of Series 6 projects, to feature new ‘error-proof’ panel clamp

NEXTracker, First Solar team on 600 MW of Series 6 projects, to feature new ‘error-proof’ panel clamp

May 15, 2018 at 1:03 pm 1 comment

NEXTracker will begin collaborating with First Solar to provide its racking technology for the upcoming Series 6 panel rollout this year. The First Solar engineering procurement construction (EPC) group also selected NEXTracker’s NX Horizon for multiple utility-scale projects in the southwestern United States, totaling 634 MW using the Series 6Read More

SolarRoofHook now an approved vendor of BOS hardware for Sunnova

SolarRoofHook now an approved vendor of BOS hardware for Sunnova

May 15, 2018 at 8:47 am 0 comments

Sunnova, one of the top residential solar providers in the United States, has recently partnered with SolarRoofHook, a leading supplier of solar mounting hardware, to become one of the company’s approved vendors for balance of system components. The timing syncs up with the release of SRH’s new 4-in. Microflashing andRead More