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.

NEXTracker

NEXTracker acquires key patents from Optimum Tracker

July 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm 0 comments

NEXTracker announced a technology agreement with French solar tracker company, Optimum Tracker, to acquire key intellectual property elated to mechanical, electrical and software systems that will allow further differentiation of NEXTracker’s solar tracker portfolio of products and services. NEXTracker says the acquired IP is especially relevant for its TrueCapture controlRead More

When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

July 19, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

The use of augers and ground screws has been of interest in mounting solar systems for some time, and for the right sized job, they offer smaller solar contractors an opportunity to grow their business. Ground conditions For one, with smaller PV systems one may not need to spend moneyRead More

Solar canopy installed in just five days, ready for upcoming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Solar canopy installed in just five days, ready for upcoming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

July 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm 0 comments

Interconnection Systems, Inc. (ISI), in partnership with Quest Renewables, completed the installation of a 54.6-kW QuadPod solar canopy system at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point Plaza in Sturgis SD in just five days in June. The plaza is used as a central gathering place during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and forRead More

Nuance Energy awarded contract for 6-MW in solar from LA Department of Water and Power

Nuance Energy awarded contract for 6-MW in solar from LA Department of Water and Power

July 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm 0 comments

Nuance Energy, manufacturer of the patent-pending Osprey PowerPlatform and developer of distributed generation solar projects, was awarded a contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for ground mount solar arrays to be deployed at LADWP facilities. The contract was awarded after a competitive bidding process that attractedRead More

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Expand the growth of community solar with factory-direct systems

July 12, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

As of Q1 in 2018, there have been 1,023 MW of community solar projects installed across 26 of the 50 U.S. states, with another 3 GW of expansion projected over the coming years. One of the ways this gets easier is by helping Community Solar projects get off the groundRead More

Why mass customized solutions win in utility-scale solar

Why mass customized solutions win in utility-scale solar

July 11, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

SunLink started designing solar mounting systems in 2004 when the concept of commercial rooftop solar was novel. The first systems were custom designed for the particular application, because everything was new. Needless to say, these first arrays were inordinately expensive by today’s standards, but the success of those installations helpedRead More

The role of system design, labor in reducing utility-scale solar costs in 2018

The role of system design, labor in reducing utility-scale solar costs in 2018

July 10, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)’s U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System Cost Benchmark Q1 2017 report, the installed cost of solar fell to record lows last year due to the continuing decline in PV module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency, and lower laborRead More

Pre-assembled mounting structures speed site installation by 35 percent

Pre-assembled mounting structures speed site installation by 35 percent

July 8, 2018 at 10:31 am 0 comments

Delivery is everything in solar development. Delivery on-time or even ahead of schedule signals reliability to investors and paves the way for more builds, especially those needed at an accelerated pace due to impending, seasonal weather conditions or site takeovers when the original racking partner could not deliver the job.Read More

Solar FlexRack TDP 2.0.

Tracking Trackers: We look at what’s new with these seven solar trackers

July 5, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

What are you looking for in a tracker? Longer rows with fewer spans? A two-up bifacial module setup? A simple central drive configuration with reliable bearings? More self-powered options? There are a lot of trackers in the segment, and we wanted to highlight some of the cool, innovative features outsideRead More

Engineering Insight: Inside Solar FlexRack’s second generation tracker

Engineering Insight: Inside Solar FlexRack’s second generation tracker

July 2, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Amid the solar market’s mad dash to offer tracker solutions, Solar FlexRack has been taking its time. The company launched its first offering, the TDP Turnkey Tracker in early 2016, with the focus on a total solution. In contrast to competitors that were providing stand-alone solutions, Solar FlexRack offered aRead More