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 new carport design from Scarlet Solar tilts to boost energy production

This new carport design from Scarlet Solar tilts to boost energy production

August 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm Comments are Disabled

Scarlet Solar released the TiltPort S range — a carport with a tilting roof that the company claims is capable of generating up to 44 percent more energy than an equivalent fixed carport. A 35’x44′ TiltPort S, rated up to 35 KWp using 96 solar panels, offers shade for 10Read More

Protection Plan: Everything you need to know to protect a commercial roof during a PV installation

Protection Plan: Everything you need to know to protect a commercial roof during a PV installation

July 31, 2018 at 7:00 am 1 comment

A long-term, problem-free commercial flat roof solar installation starts with knowing about the roof systems themselves and how to keep them protected. This isn’t easy. For one, there is an alphabet soup of acronyms: PVC, TPO, EPDM, SBS, APP, BUR, PUF, PIB, CSPE, EPS and XPS. The roof industry lingoRead More

APA Solar Racking explains its concrete-free ballast ground-mount system

APA Solar Racking explains its concrete-free ballast ground-mount system

July 30, 2018 at 9:25 am Comments are Disabled

APA Solar Racking has changed the ground-mount ballast market by offering a concrete-free design. Featured at Intersolar this year, APA’s Geoballast Foundation was developed after years of installing ballasted solar projects. The utilization of wet concrete simply had so many hidden extra steps that would constantly increase man hours on everyRead More

Keep it simple, solar: Advice and products to streamline your next rooftop install

Keep it simple, solar: Advice and products to streamline your next rooftop install

July 25, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Keep part counts low The Low Profile QuickBOLT with Microflashing from SolarRoofHook can be installed in less than 60 seconds, and the key is its Microflashing technology, which is installed on top of the shingles and eliminates the need to pry apart shingles and shove oversized aluminum flashing underneath. “WeRead More

Pegasus Solar raises $10 million in Series A funding round

Pegasus Solar raises $10 million in Series A funding round

July 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm 1 comment

Pegasus Solar, a designer and manufacturer of rooftop mounting systems for solar installations, raised additional funding, reaching $10 million under its Series A round of equity financing. The round was led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund (“EIF”), with participation from Okapi Capital, Howard Wenger, Mike Miskovsky, and other solar industry executives.Read More

NEXTracker

NEXTracker acquires key patents from Optimum Tracker

July 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm Comments are Disabled

NEXTracker announced a technology agreement with French solar tracker company, Optimum Tracker, to acquire key intellectual property elated to mechanical, electrical and software systems that will allow further differentiation of NEXTracker’s solar tracker portfolio of products and services. NEXTracker says the acquired IP is especially relevant for its TrueCapture controlRead More

When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

July 19, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

The use of augers and ground screws has been of interest in mounting solar systems for some time, and for the right sized job, they offer smaller solar contractors an opportunity to grow their business. Ground conditions For one, with smaller PV systems one may not need to spend moneyRead More

Solar canopy installed in just five days, ready for upcoming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Solar canopy installed in just five days, ready for upcoming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

July 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm Comments are Disabled

Interconnection Systems, Inc. (ISI), in partnership with Quest Renewables, completed the installation of a 54.6-kW QuadPod solar canopy system at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point Plaza in Sturgis SD in just five days in June. The plaza is used as a central gathering place during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and forRead More

Nuance Energy awarded contract for 6-MW in solar from LA Department of Water and Power

Nuance Energy awarded contract for 6-MW in solar from LA Department of Water and Power

July 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm Comments are Disabled

Nuance Energy, manufacturer of the patent-pending Osprey PowerPlatform and developer of distributed generation solar projects, was awarded a contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for ground mount solar arrays to be deployed at LADWP facilities. The contract was awarded after a competitive bidding process that attractedRead More

Hands Show Light Bulb Ideas Together Partnership

Expand the growth of community solar with factory-direct systems

July 12, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

As of Q1 in 2018, there have been 1,023 MW of community solar projects installed across 26 of the 50 U.S. states, with another 3 GW of expansion projected over the coming years. One of the ways this gets easier is by helping Community Solar projects get off the groundRead More