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.

Quick Mount PV doubles its manufacturing production to 1.2 gigawatts

Quick Mount PV doubles its manufacturing production to 1.2 gigawatts

June 19, 2019 at 4:23 pm Comments are Disabled

Quick Mount PV, a leading American manufacturer of watertight solar roof mounting and racking systems, is doubling its manufacturing production. The company is adding a second shift for the first time at its Walnut Creek, Calif., manufacturing facility — increasing the company’s annual production capacity to 1.2 gigawatts. The announcementRead More

Dynamic Duo: Optimizing the performance of spray polyurethane foam and photovoltaic systems

Dynamic Duo: Optimizing the performance of spray polyurethane foam and photovoltaic systems

June 19, 2019 at 10:18 am Comments are Disabled

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) and PV systems are increasingly paired together as a joint solution for energy savings. With the continued push toward sustainability and growing movements such as zero net energy (ZNE) construction, SPF and PV systems combine to provide a logical solution to generate renewable energy while conservingRead More

RBI Solar’s Sunflower Single Axis Tracker is designed to rotate PV modules on the East/West axis.

The perfect couple: How RBI Solar’s new solar tracker relies on custom jaw couplings to conquer tough environments

June 18, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Solar tracking system popularity has expanded as costs have come down and as more customers recognize the advantages compared to fixed-tilt systems for certain applications. RBI Solar is the latest well-recognized solar mounting system manufacturer for commercial and utility-scale projects to heed this market demand by debuting its Sunflower SingleRead More

Residential Solar Mounting Guide 2019: Situations and Solutions

Residential Solar Mounting Guide 2019: Situations and Solutions

June 11, 2019 at 10:13 am Comments are Disabled

Solar installers face jobsite annoyances every day. Awkward roof space. Plastic baggies of tiny components. Missed rafters. And so on. Death by a thousand racking cuts. Luckily, for all of these situations, there is a mounting solution out there to make your life easier. Micro but Mighty It’s not theRead More

Sustainable Planning: Inside McCarthy Building’s holistic approach to solar development

Sustainable Planning: Inside McCarthy Building’s holistic approach to solar development

June 4, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

When a $4.5 billion-a-year employee-owned solar EPC determined how to best maximize local trainee headcounts on projects, the solution not only made strong economic sense but also presented an unusual competitive edge. Indeed, McCarthy Building, based in St. Louis, has constructed a reputation of having one of the best workerRead More

The 3 IN 1 integrated solar roof passes UL 1703 testing

The 3 IN 1 integrated solar roof passes UL 1703 testing

May 22, 2019 at 8:34 am 1 comment

One of the more intriguing integrated solar roof systems, the 3 IN 1, just completed a test plan for UL 1703 approval and is waiting its certified paperwork. UL 1703 is a mandated group of tests every high-energy output solar product must pass in order to be rightfully certified andRead More

King of the North: Solar FlexRack tops half a gigawatt of solar projects in Canada

King of the North: Solar FlexRack tops half a gigawatt of solar projects in Canada

May 15, 2019 at 10:54 am Comments are Disabled

Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, has been a top provider in Canada for 10 years and just sent word that it’s topped the 550 MW mark of solar projects successfully installed in the country. The accomplishment bringsRead More

Alexandria Industries increases its aluminum extrusion capabilities and capacities

Alexandria Industries increases its aluminum extrusion capabilities and capacities

May 15, 2019 at 10:29 am Comments are Disabled

Contract manufacturer Alexandria Industries invested in a new aluminum extrusion press that will allow the company to increase its aluminum extrusion capabilities, extrude more complex product features, and hold tighter tolerances, while utilizing a variety of alloys. Alexandria Industries will gain an extra 30 percent in extrusion capacity. “By combiningRead More

Quick Mount PV added to Sunnova’s approved vendor list

Quick Mount PV added to Sunnova’s approved vendor list

May 8, 2019 at 9:56 am 1 comment

Quick Mount PV, the leading American manufacturer of watertight solar roof mounting and racking systems, has been added to Sunnova Energy Corporation’s list of approved vendors. Through this new partnership, Sunnova’s network of local installers can now offer its residential customers across the country Quick Mount’s solar mounting and rackingRead More

PV Pointer: Maintain edge distance for compliant roof attachment

PV Pointer: Maintain edge distance for compliant roof attachment

April 11, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

The quality of a solar installation has many parameters. One frequently underevaluated aspect is a compliant roof attachment. Load calculations that determine the number and spacing of attachment points prescribe not only the length of lag screws that must enter structural members but also their edge distance or the effectiveRead More