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.

Roof Tech adds seven module manufacturers to its UL 2703 vendor list

Roof Tech adds seven module manufacturers to its UL 2703 vendor list

August 20, 2018 at 2:38 pm Comments are Disabled

Roof Tech has increased its UL 2703 listing to 24 PV module manufacturers. Now with over 120 PV Modules listed, as a contractor, solar installers have a broader range of modules to install with roof Tech’s rail-less PV mounting systems. Latest listing additions include PV modules from GCL, Itek, LONGi,Read More

Tilt in Action: Meet the Fourth Generation Tracker from AllEarth Renewables 

Tilt in Action: Meet the Fourth Generation Tracker from AllEarth Renewables 

August 14, 2018 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Not all tracking systems need acres of land. AllEarth Renewables offers an alternative to rooftops for those doing residential and small C&I work. Now on its Generation 4 Solar Tracker, AllEarth is building on the strengths and history of the first three generations. Here is what’s changed: Structure Made fromRead More

This 3 in 1 Roof boosts solar cell efficiency with new approach to surface temperature management

This 3 in 1 Roof boosts solar cell efficiency with new approach to surface temperature management

August 13, 2018 at 12:11 pm Comments are Disabled

Black or blue silicone solar cells have average efficiency ratings of around 22 percent in test settings, often with a range of 15 to 17 percent in real-world conditions during a course of the day. The creators of the new 3 in 1 Roof system think they have a betterRead More

TerraSmart’s new TF3L ground-mount is lighter, adds more panels per foundation

TerraSmart’s new TF3L ground-mount is lighter, adds more panels per foundation

August 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm Comments are Disabled

TerraSmart introduced the latest edition to its racking portfolio, the TF3L. Similar to TerraSmart’s TF2P, the TF3 Landscape Racking System is designed to maximize construction efficiency on large-scale utility-solar sites thus saving the client from unnecessary civil work. In addition, the TF3L accommodates more panels per foundation, reducing overall site costRead More

IHS Markit: 9 key stats from PV Structural Balance of System Report for North America

IHS Markit: 9 key stats from PV Structural Balance of System Report for North America

August 6, 2018 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

In its just-published PV Structural Balance of System (SBOS) Report for North America, IHS Markit forecasts the market at $8.3 billion from 2018 to 2022, to be driven by demand for single-axis trackers. The blended average pricing across all product segments (roof-top and ground-mount) is expected to fall from $0.13/WRead More

CertainTeed, Solar Energy International partner on solar installer training

CertainTeed, Solar Energy International partner on solar installer training

August 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm 1 comment

CertainTeed, a leading North American brand of building materials, is expanding its partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI), a leading provider of professional training for the solar industry workforce. Starting now, two of SEI’s courses can be used to satisfy training requirements needed to participate in CertainTeed’s Solar Installer Program.Read More

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