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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.

Renewable energy needs steel, but is steel green? New report calls for reduction in steel industry carbon footprint

Renewable energy needs steel, but is steel green? New report calls for reduction in steel industry carbon footprint

November 19, 2018 at 10:54 am 1 comment

Green energy sources like solar are the best energy solutions for the planet, but they also aren’t perfect. Example: At the largest conference in the U.S. dedicated to green building, Mighty Earth released a new report pointing out the enormous carbon footprint of steel used in green construction. The globalRead More

ForeFront Power develops solar carport, storage system for University of California, Santa Cruz

ForeFront Power develops solar carport, storage system for University of California, Santa Cruz

November 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm Comments are Disabled

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) has partnered with ForeFront Power to develop a 2-MW solar parking canopy structure plus energy storage system that will provide clean, reliable electricity to the campus over a 20-year term. UCSC procured renewable energy with ForeFront Power through a streamlined procurement process viaRead More

EcoFasten acquired by a leading European solar rooftop mounting provider

EcoFasten acquired by a leading European solar rooftop mounting provider

November 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm Comments are Disabled

Esdec, a leading European solar rooftop mounting solutions provider (we profiled their new U.S.-focused commercial system here), announced today that it has acquired EcoFasten Solar, a manufacturer of water-tight solar roof mounts and components for the U.S. residential and commercial sectors. The combination of Esdec and EcoFasten Solar creates aRead More

Soltec is testing for all bifacial tracking variables at its new evaluation center in Livermore, Calif.

Bifacial Gains: How much will bifacial modules add to solar tracker value? We are about to find out

October 23, 2018 at 8:00 am 4 comments

We are on the verge of the bifacial solar tracker era. Projects are being quoted with many starting to break ground later this year and early 2019. Only two issues remain in the way of serious wide-spread adoption. First is the price of bifacial modules, which sits at about 30Read More

APA Racking explains the value of turnkey providers for solar project managers

APA Racking explains the value of turnkey providers for solar project managers

October 22, 2018 at 11:23 am Comments are Disabled

The following post is from APA Racking’s Solar Solutions blog series. As timelines get delayed and projects overlap each other, project managers can quickly get overloaded by juggling multiple projects at once. Hiring more skilled project managers isn’t as easy as it seems with this skill set in high demandRead More

Allied Solar Products to distribute CertainTeed’s Solstice Solar System

Allied Solar Products to distribute CertainTeed’s Solstice Solar System

October 11, 2018 at 1:02 pm Comments are Disabled

Allied Solar Products, a Beacon Roofing Supply company and one of the nation’s largest distributors of photovoltaic panels, inverters, mounting hardware and solar accessories—has partnered with CertainTeed to expand the distribution of its Solstice Solar System. Dave Jenkins, national vice president of solar for Allied Solar Products, noted his parentRead More

Market Driver: When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

Market Driver: When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

October 11, 2018 at 8:08 am 2 comments

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

Watch: SnapNrack debuts Ultra Rail System at Solar Power International

Watch: SnapNrack debuts Ultra Rail System at Solar Power International

October 8, 2018 at 10:54 am Comments are Disabled

SnapNrack debuted its new Ultra Rail System at Solar Power International this year, a lightweight rail solution for mounting solar modules on the roof. Ultra Rail, a lighter rail profile, is a more economical solution for projects in more average load conditions, especially when attachment spacing is already dictated byRead More

Largest landfill solar project in Maryland completed by EDF Renewables, Solar FlexRack

Largest landfill solar project in Maryland completed by EDF Renewables, Solar FlexRack

September 24, 2018 at 9:03 am Comments are Disabled

Led by national engineering, procurement and construction firm EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions, this 18.1 MW dc facility, known as the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park, is located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and is the largest solar project on a closed landfill in the state. The project is owned by aRead More

Esdec enters U.S. solar market to change C&I rooftop mounting

Esdec enters U.S. solar market to change C&I rooftop mounting

September 24, 2018 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Esdec, a leading European solar rooftop mounting solutions provider, is making its debut in the U.S. market this week at SPI (Booth 378). With more than 1.8 GW of installed capacity and leading market share in several European countries, the company brings 14 years of solar mounting and racking innovationRead More