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.

Installers should avoid 
positioning systems in areas of the roof that might experience ice dams or accumulation of snow under the array. 
Graphic Courtesy of Quick Mount PV.

How to Protect PV Systems From the Worst Weather

June 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm 2 comments

To successfully harness the sun’s power, all other environmental elements must be controlled or defeated. First, a disclaimer: As with any weather-related discussion, considerations vary by region. Technical engineering reports for racking systems must reflect local weather conditions and the type of application. “Snow and wind will greatly influence theRead More

Land variability, labor markets and logistics of every project are important factors 
when choosing any mounting technology.

Mounting Tech Trends: Slimming Down on Parts, Problems and Prices

May 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm 3 comments

The story of solar mounting technology is a familiar one, in which original technology is slowly replaced by newer options that improve upon certain aspects of the original. Where the initial equipment was focused on establishing a viable product to build an industry, the next wave of trends works toRead More

Mounting Systems: MVPs of Industry Progress

Mounting Systems: MVPs of Industry Progress

May 29, 2015 at 10:30 am Comments are Disabled

Welcome to the 2015 edition of the Solar Builder Mounting Guide. Within this year’s guide, we look at all of the advancements in mounting technology currently driving the industry forward and what additional trends are on the horizon; we discuss the effects of severe weather and what you can doRead More

A 580 kilowatt solar array was recently added to the roof of Baltimore Operation’s e-Motor building, where electric motors and drive units for the Chevrolet Spark EV are built. This new array is made up of approximately 2,420 panels and covers 87 percent of the e-Motor building’s roof.

AET Provides Roof Ballast System for GM Facility

May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a supplier of commercial and utility-scale racking systems and one of the top 10 solar racking companies in the United States, was selected by Empower Energies to provide its Rayport-B roof ballast mounting system at GM’s Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh, Md. This manufacturing campusRead More

Railless solar mounting and racking systems rely on a direct interface between the module and roof attachment. This low-profile design can improve aesthetics while reducing part counts and installation time.

Railless to Waterproofing

April 29, 2015 at 10:23 am 1 comment

The Evolving Roof Mounting Market with Quick Mount PV The roof-mounted solar project has plenty of parameters. A successful installation starts with proper panel location and correct angle to the sun, but that install list will be both long and with limitations. As long as the roof is free ofRead More

SunLink Completes Acquisition of Flagship Single-Axis Solar Tracker Solution

SunLink Completes Acquisition of Flagship Single-Axis Solar Tracker Solution

March 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – SunLink Corp. continues to solidify its leadership position in the commercial and utility solar market by finalizing the acquisition of the SunLink ViaSol Tracker — proven on such high profile, multi-megawatt projects as Arizona State University and USAA’s Phoenix Campus sites, as well as a SouthernRead More

10 Tips for Installing Flashed Solar Roof Mounts

10 Tips for Installing Flashed Solar Roof Mounts

May 8, 2014 at 9:15 am 1 comment

1. Locating rafters Rafter-finding techniques include attic rafter mapping, rubber mallet roof tapping, drilling two to three holes through the sheathing to locate the edge of the rafter or using sophisticated stud finders like the Bosch D-tect 150. 2. Centering attachment point Take care to center your lag bolt in the middle-thirdRead More

Mounting and Racking Showcase 2014

Mounting and Racking Showcase 2014

May 8, 2014 at 9:02 am 1 comment

Here are the latest product announcements from the best mounting and racking companies in the business. See what’s new and what has evolved over the last year. And make sure to visit their websites for a full list of available products in 2014!   Advanced Racking Solutions metal roof mountingRead More

Filling Unused Land with Solar

Filling Unused Land with Solar

May 8, 2014 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

The landfill and brownfield market is growing for solar installations, and SunLink has worked out a system that will last. Massachusetts isn’t that big. It’s the seventh smallest state in the union, and the only states it beats are its surrounding New England friends. But it’s the 14th state byRead More



May 8, 2014 at 9:00 am 1 comment

A major first for South Carolina turns to trusted names for support. South Carolina is in the heart of solar country. Its neighbor North Carolina is ranked 10th in the nation for solar jobs (3,100 total) and can power nearly 40,000 homes with solar energy. Georgia to the west hasRead More