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.

Next Wave of Residential Mounting Solutions

Next Wave of Residential Mounting Solutions

June 10, 2015 at 10:33 am 1 comment

Consumers today like having choices, and solar technology is obliging with newer, alternative mounting options that could be more ideal solutions depending on project requirements and design taste. Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Spice Solar, said these integrated racking systems take one of two approaches. The first approach uses special solarRead More

GameChange technology handles harsh conditions in 7 MW install

GameChange technology handles harsh conditions in 7 MW install

June 8, 2015 at 2:44 pm Comments are Disabled

GameChange Racking announced that its articulating purlin technology which is now provided as a standard with its pile-driven and earthscrew ground systems, combined with other GameChange standard flexibility features, handled extreme rolling ground conditions on a 7 MW installation just completed on the East coast. “Being able to meet realRead More

2015 Solar Mounting Product Showcase

2015 Solar Mounting Product Showcase

June 8, 2015 at 10:00 am 1 comment

For every project, location, budget and situation in the solar building landscape, there are a variety of mounting solutions to consider. So, what’s right for your project? And what can the latest mounting technology do today that wasn’t possible several years ago? Our 2015 Solar Mounting Product Showcase hopes toRead More

PV Loads vs. Rooftop Integrity: Confirming residential roof strength for solar installations

PV Loads vs. Rooftop Integrity: Confirming residential roof strength for solar installations

June 3, 2015 at 10:30 am 2 comments

The rooftop solar PV permitting process involves a number of steps and varies greatly, even between neighboring cities. Jurisdictions follow state or national codes, but each may interpret the codes in their own way and insert additional requirements. In some locations, a rooftop structural analysis conducted by a professional engineerRead More

Installers should avoid 
positioning systems in areas of the roof that might experience ice dams or accumulation of snow under the array. 
Graphic Courtesy of Quick Mount PV.

How to Protect PV Systems From the Worst Weather

June 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm 2 comments

To successfully harness the sun’s power, all other environmental elements must be controlled or defeated. First, a disclaimer: As with any weather-related discussion, considerations vary by region. Technical engineering reports for racking systems must reflect local weather conditions and the type of application. “Snow and wind will greatly influence theRead More

Land variability, labor markets and logistics of every project are important factors 
when choosing any mounting technology.

Mounting Tech Trends: Slimming Down on Parts, Problems and Prices

May 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm 3 comments

The story of solar mounting technology is a familiar one, in which original technology is slowly replaced by newer options that improve upon certain aspects of the original. Where the initial equipment was focused on establishing a viable product to build an industry, the next wave of trends works toRead More

Mounting Systems: MVPs of Industry Progress

Mounting Systems: MVPs of Industry Progress

May 29, 2015 at 10:30 am Comments are Disabled

Welcome to the 2015 edition of the Solar Builder Mounting Guide. Within this year’s guide, we look at all of the advancements in mounting technology currently driving the industry forward and what additional trends are on the horizon; we discuss the effects of severe weather and what you can doRead More

A 580 kilowatt solar array was recently added to the roof of Baltimore Operation’s e-Motor building, where electric motors and drive units for the Chevrolet Spark EV are built. This new array is made up of approximately 2,420 panels and covers 87 percent of the e-Motor building’s roof.

AET Provides Roof Ballast System for GM Facility

May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a supplier of commercial and utility-scale racking systems and one of the top 10 solar racking companies in the United States, was selected by Empower Energies to provide its Rayport-B roof ballast mounting system at GM’s Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh, Md. This manufacturing campusRead More

Railless solar mounting and racking systems rely on a direct interface between the module and roof attachment. This low-profile design can improve aesthetics while reducing part counts and installation time.

Railless to Waterproofing

April 29, 2015 at 10:23 am 1 comment

The Evolving Roof Mounting Market with Quick Mount PV The roof-mounted solar project has plenty of parameters. A successful installation starts with proper panel location and correct angle to the sun, but that install list will be both long and with limitations. As long as the roof is free ofRead More

SunLink Completes Acquisition of Flagship Single-Axis Solar Tracker Solution

SunLink Completes Acquisition of Flagship Single-Axis Solar Tracker Solution

March 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – SunLink Corp. continues to solidify its leadership position in the commercial and utility solar market by finalizing the acquisition of the SunLink ViaSol Tracker — proven on such high profile, multi-megawatt projects as Arizona State University and USAA’s Phoenix Campus sites, as well as a SouthernRead More