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.

Solar FlexRack trackers trending up, doubling sales over last year

Solar FlexRack trackers trending up, doubling sales over last year

June 26, 2018 at 10:48 am 0 comments

Solar FlexRack reports that its solar tracker sales have doubled in the first half of the year over last year’s sales. Solar FlexRack is closing double-digit megawatt sales of their new TDP 2.0 Solar Tracker and has expanded their product lines to deliver more options for solar power plants’ performance.Read More

Award-winning solar site idea: Reducing one pound of steel per foot length of every pile

Award-winning solar site idea: Reducing one pound of steel per foot length of every pile

June 26, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Subtract one pound of steel per foot length from every pile used to support a solar photovoltaic panel, and you may save millions of pounds — and a lot of money. The idea, which involves changing the way photovoltaic ground mount piles are designed, came from a partnership between HDRRead More

SPF acts not only as an additional barrier to the elements, but it is also incredibly insulative.

Upgrading C&I rooftop solar installations with spray polyurethane foam

June 25, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

As we have continued our expansion in the commercial and industrial solar market (which includes commercial, industrial, municipal, university, school, cold storage, food-processing and hospital buildings), we’ve discovered something. If commercial building owners are not overly familiar with how solar arrays are installed, they have legitimate concerns about the potentialRead More

Soltec 2x solar tracker testing reveals notable bifacial gains

Soltec 2x solar tracker testing reveals notable bifacial gains

June 21, 2018 at 11:01 am 0 comments

As we reported a few weeks ago, Soltec, a manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers, is performing field tests at BiTEC, world’s first evaluation center specialized in bifacial trackers. Among those tests, the company is comparing bifacial production of 1x configuration solar trackers versus Soltec’s SF7 Bifacial, a 2xRead More

We shift you not: A ground-mount solar system without piles

We shift you not: A ground-mount solar system without piles

June 21, 2018 at 7:00 am 1 comment

At Intersolar North America 2017, we caught wind of a new fixed tilt ground-mount system developed by Nuance Energy, but at the booth there was no physical system on display. Instead, Founder and CEO Brian C. Boguess handed me VR goggles to look through, which now feels appropriate because itRead More

Four energy dense solar mounting systems for C&I rooftops

Four energy dense solar mounting systems for C&I rooftops

June 20, 2018 at 10:00 am 0 comments

SunModo SunBeam As a permanent part of the building and roof structure, the SunBeam system eliminates any abrasions, moss build up and need of system removal for roof repair or re-roofing. In addition, it provides shading of HVAC equipment, increasing efficiency and faster temperature response. Twenty-year warranty. Material: High-grade aluminumRead More

MBL-Energy is now pre-certified for solar carport installs at California schools

MBL-Energy is now pre-certified for solar carport installs at California schools

June 19, 2018 at 12:37 pm 0 comments

MBL-Energy has received the first California Division of State Architects (DSA) pre-check certification issued under the newly released 2016 CBC compliance. This certification will enable MBL-Energy to quickly move forward on the design and construction of parking canopies for California public schools and other public works by reducing the permittingRead More

Ecolibrium EcoFoot system

Degrees of Separation: How to mount commercial rooftop PV systems to maximize energy

June 19, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

On commercial rooftops, design trends are all about maximizing energy density. Module selection is a huge factor there, but so are the layout and tilt decisions — figuring out the perfect shape and tilt to mount as many modules as possible without compromising their performance. Pairing the right racking systemRead More

Metal roofs could trend upward after California’s solar mandate

Metal roofs could trend upward after California’s solar mandate

June 14, 2018 at 2:39 pm Comments are Disabled

As the first state in the nation to require all new homes to have solar power, California’s recent decision may result in a dramatic shift in the way American and Canadian homeowners think about their roofing options, says the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA). “California’s leadership is a giant step forwardRead More

OMCO’s Field-Fast racking design incorporates value-added touches that leverage its OEM factory-direct capability.

Saving studies for modular, FieldFast ground-mount system reveal big cost reductions

June 14, 2018 at 7:09 am Comments are Disabled

In this uncertain #TrumpTariffs market, many investors have less appetite for newer, less proven systems, seeing that as another avenue of risk in projects where pennies and seconds count more than ever. This puts the spotlight on companies and products that can deliver the most certainty in terms of upfrontRead More