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Array Technologies Applies Lessons from the Wind Industry to the Solar Sector

Array Technologies Applies Lessons from the Wind Industry to the Solar Sector

June 17, 2015 at 11:01 am 3 comments

Array Technologies Inc. (ATI) has been a market leader in solar tracking systems for a few decades now, providing solar solutions for utility, commercial and residential electric generation customers. Since 1989, the company has supplied nearly 3 GW of tracking systems across the globe in 250 utility and commercial projectsRead More

Next Wave of Residential Mounting Solutions

Next Wave of Residential Mounting Solutions

June 10, 2015 at 10:33 am 1 comment

Consumers today like having choices, and solar technology is obliging with newer, alternative mounting options that could be more ideal solutions depending on project requirements and design taste. Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Spice Solar, said these integrated racking systems take one of two approaches. The first approach uses special solarRead More

Vermont established the Nation's first standardized permitting law, and the evidence is promising.

Is Standardized Solar Permitting The Next Industry Breakthrough?

June 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm 4 comments

Cutting costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reductions in the solar industry has come from reductions in module prices. The $4 per watt you’d have paid in 2006 just for modules alone will now get the entire residential solar systemRead More

PV Loads vs. Rooftop Integrity: Confirming residential roof strength for solar installations

PV Loads vs. Rooftop Integrity: Confirming residential roof strength for solar installations

June 3, 2015 at 10:30 am 2 comments

The rooftop solar PV permitting process involves a number of steps and varies greatly, even between neighboring cities. Jurisdictions follow state or national codes, but each may interpret the codes in their own way and insert additional requirements. In some locations, a rooftop structural analysis conducted by a professional engineerRead More

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

Report: Clean Energy Investment Shifting to Developing Nations

Report: Clean Energy Investment Shifting to Developing Nations

May 19, 2015 at 9:58 am 2 comments

Clean energy was always a universal proposition, but certain parts of the globe just weren’t ready or able to make the investments necessary. According to some new research, that might be ready to change. The report, Power Shifts—Emerging Clean Energy Markets, from the Pew Charitable Trusts, examines clean energy investmentRead More

The Benefits of Solar and Water Plants

The Benefits of Solar and Water Plants

April 30, 2015 at 10:22 am 2 comments

How Solar Power Can Help Lower Operating Costs at Water Facilities The growth of the U.S. solar industry over the past five years has been impressive. Since 2009, the annual amount of solar installed on U.S. homes, businesses, municipal and government facilities and utility-scale power farms has soared from aboutRead 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