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.

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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

SolarRoofHook continues to evolve, rebrands as QuickBOLT

SolarRoofHook continues to evolve, rebrands as QuickBOLT

January 17, 2019 at 8:36 am Comments are Disabled

  In response to the housing crisis of 2008, Quickscrews launched its first ever non-woodworking division: SolarRoofHook. Its team helped lead the charge to build a new market in solar residential mounting hardware. In 2012, the company received a patent for its QuickBOLT, securing ownership of the technology. Seven yearsRead More

The Horne Brothers solar  division operates more than 35 pile drivers with the Vermeer PD10 pile driver representing the majority of its fleet.

Pile On: Horne Brothers Construction explains the dramatic growth of its solar division

January 16, 2019 at 10:40 am 1 comment

The solar division of Horne Brothers Construction is hitting its stride in today’s hot market. Based in Fayetteville, N.C., the division has expanded from around 30 employees to over 400 in just three years. The highly specialized company handles everything from driving piles and installing racking and modules to landRead More

RPCS turns to TerraSmart ground screws on challenging Nebraska solar tracker project

RPCS turns to TerraSmart ground screws on challenging Nebraska solar tracker project

January 9, 2019 at 9:04 am Comments are Disabled

RPCS partnered with GenPro Energy Solutions and the City of Atkinson to build a 209-kW solar array in Nebraska on a particularly challenging site. The city formerly used the Atkinson-owned site for fill, a place where soil, trees, and debris were brought then covered with dirt. This created embedment depthsRead More

SolaTrim is a lightweight aluminum skirt that is attached with a 3M VHB 5952 peel and stick adhesive.

PV Protection: Four reasons you should already be installing protective barriers on solar arrays

January 8, 2019 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Installing a protective barrier or skirt with a rooftop solar system should no longer be considered an add-on or upgrade but rather an integral part of the design. The argument why is self-explanatory once you play out the scenario. So, let’s play it out. A protective barrier provides pest protection.Read More

Case study: McElroy Metal adds solar system to its standing-seam metal roof with S-5!

Case study: McElroy Metal adds solar system to its standing-seam metal roof with S-5!

December 3, 2018 at 10:40 am Comments are Disabled

Wanting to offset the plant’s electrical usage, and still show a return on investment, McElroy Metal chose a solar solution system for its plant. A solar addition is old hat for McElroy, as they previously re-roofed their Peachtree City, Ga., standing seam roof facility with 1,960 solar panels. The amountRead More