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.

‘Safe Harbor’ from RPCS helps solar developers benefit from this year’s ITC rate next year

‘Safe Harbor’ from RPCS helps solar developers benefit from this year’s ITC rate next year

July 2, 2019 at 1:34 pm 0 comments

RP Constructions Services announced this week a Safe Harbor strategy that will allow project developers, financiers and owners to benefit from this year’s Investment Tax Credit (ITC) rate for projects built in the coming years. Customers can realize savings by both purchasing solar tracker materials from RPCS and storing themRead More

KB Racking launches three new rooftop solar mounting systems

KB Racking launches three new rooftop solar mounting systems

July 1, 2019 at 4:33 pm 0 comments

KB Racking will be launching three new mounting systems. BarnRack 2.0 and SeamRack 2.0 are newly updated metal roof systems and ReziRack 2.0 is a shingle roof mounting solution. The robust racking solutions feature low overall system weight, minimum number of components and accommodate all standard size framed PV modules.Read More

Example of 10-kW rooftop of Sun2 Sunflare panels that are simply stuck to the roof using industrial strength sticky-back tape. Total cost including standing seam metal roof was approximately $28,000.

You down with BIPV? Here’s a rundown of today’s solar shingle contenders

June 27, 2019 at 8:00 am 2 comments

This is a continuation of installment III in our Countdown to 2020 series, “Would you like solar with that?”. Will more solar being installed during new construction or roof replacement hasten the shift to solar shingles or other building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) innovations? Tesla’s solar shingles are still mostly a myth,Read More

Tesla Solar Roof System issued ESR-4074 by ICC Evaluation Services to affirm its compliance with building codes

Tesla Solar Roof System issued ESR-4074 by ICC Evaluation Services to affirm its compliance with building codes

June 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm 0 comments

ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), a member of the International Code Council of companies and the experts in building product evaluation and certification, issued ESR-4074 to Tesla, Inc. for their Tesla Solar Roof System. This report provides evidence that the Tesla Solar Roof System is in compliance with code requirements ofRead More

Quick Mount PV doubles its manufacturing production to 1.2 gigawatts

Quick Mount PV doubles its manufacturing production to 1.2 gigawatts

June 19, 2019 at 4:23 pm 0 comments

Quick Mount PV, a leading American manufacturer of watertight solar roof mounting and racking systems, is doubling its manufacturing production. The company is adding a second shift for the first time at its Walnut Creek, Calif., manufacturing facility — increasing the company’s annual production capacity to 1.2 gigawatts. The announcementRead More

Dynamic Duo: Optimizing the performance of spray polyurethane foam and photovoltaic systems

Dynamic Duo: Optimizing the performance of spray polyurethane foam and photovoltaic systems

June 19, 2019 at 10:18 am 0 comments

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) and PV systems are increasingly paired together as a joint solution for energy savings. With the continued push toward sustainability and growing movements such as zero net energy (ZNE) construction, SPF and PV systems combine to provide a logical solution to generate renewable energy while conservingRead More

RBI Solar’s Sunflower Single Axis Tracker is designed to rotate PV modules on the East/West axis.

The perfect couple: How RBI Solar’s new solar tracker relies on custom jaw couplings to conquer tough environments

June 18, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Solar tracking system popularity has expanded as costs have come down and as more customers recognize the advantages compared to fixed-tilt systems for certain applications. RBI Solar is the latest well-recognized solar mounting system manufacturer for commercial and utility-scale projects to heed this market demand by debuting its Sunflower SingleRead More

Residential Solar Mounting Guide 2019: Situations and Solutions

Residential Solar Mounting Guide 2019: Situations and Solutions

June 11, 2019 at 10:13 am Comments are Disabled

Solar installers face jobsite annoyances every day. Awkward roof space. Plastic baggies of tiny components. Missed rafters. And so on. Death by a thousand racking cuts. Luckily, for all of these situations, there is a mounting solution out there to make your life easier. Micro but Mighty It’s not theRead More

Sustainable Planning: Inside McCarthy Building’s holistic approach to solar development

Sustainable Planning: Inside McCarthy Building’s holistic approach to solar development

June 4, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

When a $4.5 billion-a-year employee-owned solar EPC determined how to best maximize local trainee headcounts on projects, the solution not only made strong economic sense but also presented an unusual competitive edge. Indeed, McCarthy Building, based in St. Louis, has constructed a reputation of having one of the best workerRead More

The 3 IN 1 integrated solar roof passes UL 1703 testing

The 3 IN 1 integrated solar roof passes UL 1703 testing

May 22, 2019 at 8:34 am 1 comment

One of the more intriguing integrated solar roof systems, the 3 IN 1, just completed a test plan for UL 1703 approval and is waiting its certified paperwork. UL 1703 is a mandated group of tests every high-energy output solar product must pass in order to be rightfully certified andRead More