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.

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Global solar PV tracker market: Shipments exceeded 20 GW for first time in 2018

March 20, 2019 at 8:57 am 0 comments

Global unit shipments of single-axis solar photovoltaic (PV) trackers increased by over 40 percent in 2018, surpassing 20 gigawatts-dc (GW) globally for the first time. While the United States continued to be the largest individual market for single-axis trackers last year, shipments also increased in Mexico, Australia, Egypt, Spain, andRead More

QuickBOLT’s Microflashing technology is now a Registered Trademark

QuickBOLT’s Microflashing technology is now a Registered Trademark

March 5, 2019 at 8:24 am 0 comments

  QuickBOLT’s Microflashing is now a Registered Trademark of Quickscrews International Corp. Microflashing is a component of the QuickBOLT and Low Profile QuickBOLT Mounting Kits. The QuickBOLT is the world’s first and only UL Certified Microflashing mounting system. The patented QuickBOLT with Microflashing technology seals roof penetrations and can beRead More

Texas is getting a NetZero capable community via Francis Solar, Quick Mount PV

Texas is getting a NetZero capable community via Francis Solar, Quick Mount PV

February 28, 2019 at 10:55 am 0 comments

Francis Solar and Quick Mount PV are supplying Texas’s first NetZero Capable Community, Whisper Valley, with equipment to go solar. The supply partnership has helped the 7,500 home Texas community win the Grand Award at the 2019 Green Builder Media Sustainability Awards. The new community is a model for theRead More

PV Pointer: Safety tips for rooftop solar panels in snow country

PV Pointer: Safety tips for rooftop solar panels in snow country

February 19, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

If you are installing solar panels in the northern half of the United States, there are a few winter safety precautions you need to take to prevent potentially dangerous situations. Traditional residential asphalt shingle roofs have a high coefficient of friction that helps to hold rooftop snow accumulations in placeRead More

APA Solar Racking reduces component count in its new TITAN Series Racking System

APA Solar Racking reduces component count in its new TITAN Series Racking System

January 31, 2019 at 10:29 am 0 comments

APA Solar Racking is launching its new TITAN Series Racking System, developed over the past several years with structural engineers, professional engineering firms and installers to be highly optimized and installer friendly. The TITAN series is a 3-rail system that features an asymmetrical clamping design. This means 25 percent fewerRead More

Array Technologies already sees a 9 to 10 percent gain in bifacial tracking performance.

Array Technologies starts 30th year in solar promoting SmarTrack to optimize bifacial PV production

January 31, 2019 at 10:07 am 0 comments

Along the many ups and downs of the solar coaster, Array Technologies trackers have stood the test of time as 2019 marks the company’s 30th anniversary. “When I started in the solar industry over 30 years ago, I dreamed about the growth and development that this industry would go through,”Read More

On the Origin of EPCs: How the EPC-supplier relationship influences the evolution of solar development

On the Origin of EPCs: How the EPC-supplier relationship influences the evolution of solar development

January 29, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The evolution of EPCs in the solar industry is truly that — an evolution — and not in the cliché business-speak way. For starters, large-scale solar construction is a cut-throat, survival-of-the-fittest environment. Over the years, risky business models failed and bad technology sunk, while successful concepts adapted to the volatileRead More

The Skylift is a new mounting product designed for attaching to an existing roof, grounding one end of the patio while elevating the ceiling and solar array.

Side Business: Three solar contractors discuss selling, constructing solar-covered patios

January 22, 2019 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Solar-covered patios are a niche product worth exploring as part of your solar business. The first step in pursuing these projects is knowing they aren’t for everyone. Many solar customers are interested in cost per watt, so pitching an addition that comes in around $7 per watt will stop conversations.Read More

SunSpark to be the main solar module manufacturer for the 3 In 1 Roof solar system

SunSpark to be the main solar module manufacturer for the 3 In 1 Roof solar system

January 21, 2019 at 8:23 am Comments are Disabled

The 3 In 1 Roof solar integrated roofing system is reaming with SunSpark Technology Inc. as their module manufacturer for all introductory sales and installations. Although their name is new in North America, it’s not new to the solar industry. SunSpark’s parent company Yiheng Science & Technology Ltd. is basedRead More

Top roofing manufacturer launches GAF Energy to focus on solar products, installs

Top roofing manufacturer launches GAF Energy to focus on solar products, installs

January 21, 2019 at 8:02 am Comments are Disabled

Standard Industries, the world’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer launched a new company to meet the growing demand for rooftop solar. This new company, GAF Energy, will drive scalable adoption of integrated and affordable rooftop solar solutions across GAF’s established distribution network. Customers will benefit from a streamlined, turnkey approach toRead More