Mounting Guide

QuadPod long span solar carports construction in Washington D.C. Photo: Quest Renewables

New Columbia Solar maximizes kW density of this solar carport via Quest Renewables

May 26, 2020 at 2:36 pm 0 comments

New Columbia Solar and Quest Renewables completed a 241.2-kW solar system in Northeast D.C.’s Ward 5. The solar carport system was constructed and installed in March 2020 and will allow the property to generate an extra $12,000 in lease payments annually while also receiving capital improvements on the property. “AtRead More

Amphenol Solar Project, New York. Solar FlexRack structures.

Structural Solutions: Challenging solar sites solved by mounting and racking systems

May 19, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Giant, sprawling solar projects on flat landscapes are no longer the norm. For solar energy to proliferate across the country, PV systems need to affix to various unfriendly environments — rough terrains, oddly shaped parcels, confined city corners, obstructed roofs and so on. Luckily, there are more solutions for solvingRead More

GAF Energy adds Flex option to give roofers more solar design flexibility

GAF Energy adds Flex option to give roofers more solar design flexibility

May 12, 2020 at 11:25 am 0 comments

GAF Energy wants to own the roof-integrated solar product category in North America (solar systems installed by roofing contractors), and this new “Flex” option for its redesigned Decotech 2.0 system is another step toward that goal. Flex maintains the efficiency of standard system sizing, while also introducing new configuration choices forRead More

10 structural solar mounting problems to avoid, observed by PV Diagnostics

10 structural solar mounting problems to avoid, observed by PV Diagnostics

May 12, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

One of the most important factors while optimizing the cost of a solar power plant is Module Mounting Structure (MMS), which is a key ingredient in the successful running of a solar power plant. Most of the BoS components like transformers, inverter, cables, SCB, etc. are bought from the suppliersRead More

Figure 1: A PV module undergoing dynamic mechanical loading.

Mounting and Cracking: Structural durability issues to consider amid a wave of new PV module designs

May 7, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The most important part of a PV mounting structure is the module itself. Along with generating energy, PV modules play a key role in maintaining the overall structural integrity of the entire system. However, they are susceptible to a wide range of mechanical durability challenges that may lead to degradedRead More

C&I Buyer’s Guide 2020: Ground-mounts, rooftop racks, clamps and carports

C&I Buyer’s Guide 2020: Ground-mounts, rooftop racks, clamps and carports

May 6, 2020 at 11:02 am 0 comments

The commercial and industrial (C&I) solar segment continues to lag behind its potential, but it’s not for lack of structural systems. From lightweight rooftop innovations to cost-effective carports to classic fixed-tilt ground mounts, there is a mounting and racking solution to fit any C&I site. C&I rooftop solar systems SunModo’sRead More

Corrosion and Conformity: Kern Solar on what solar gets wrong (and can learn from other energy industries)

Corrosion and Conformity: Kern Solar on what solar gets wrong (and can learn from other energy industries)

May 5, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

“We build with solar energy — our fabrication facility is powered by renewables. We really believe in it, but solar support structures are kind of a nuisance for me right now,” laughs Tony Worthen, VP of operations and product development at Kern Solar Structures, when giving me the rundown ofRead More

Details on DNV GL’s assessment of the TrinaPro Smart Solar tracker system

Details on DNV GL’s assessment of the TrinaPro Smart Solar tracker system

May 4, 2020 at 11:55 am 0 comments

DNV GL, a quality assurance and risk management company, recently finished up a Technology Assessment Report for Trina Solar Co.’s all-in solar module and tracker system, the TrinaPro Smart Solar Solution, which consists of modules manufactured by Trina Solar, trackers manufactured by NClave, a Trina Solar subsidiary, and inverters manufacturedRead More

GAF Energy upgrades its roof-integrated solar PV concept with DecoTech 2.0

GAF Energy upgrades its roof-integrated solar PV concept with DecoTech 2.0

April 27, 2020 at 11:58 am Comments are Disabled

GAF Energy is improving upon its roof-integrated solar solution with the new and improved DecoTech 2.0. Perfect for roofing contractors expanding into solar, the redesigned product will deliver the same homeowner value and give installers a fast, easy, durable solar solution for customers. DecoTech 2.0 will maintain the same excellentRead More

Pictured: Back-of-the-rack grates that protect the backs of modules from overly curious wildlife and reduce the need for fencing.

Three tips for sustainable ground-mount design

April 23, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Within the last year, the Inovateus Solar leadership team determined that they would take the initiative to embrace environmentally friendly solutions across multiple areas of operations. As a renewable energy company, our team felt a responsibility to implement measures that support triple bottom line practices: people, planet and profit. FoundedRead More