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.

PV Pointer: How tile hooks factor into safety, noise prevention, long-term leak protection

PV Pointer: How tile hooks factor into safety, noise prevention, long-term leak protection

May 2, 2018 at 10:00 am 0 comments

The two most common approaches to mounting PV arrays on tile roofs are “standoff” posts and tile hooks. Standoff posts tend to be stronger due to their simple column loading design, while tile hooks use a cantilevered loading configuration (think diving board), which deflects under wind and snow loading. ARead More

U.S.-based Schletter subsidiary files for bankruptcy after premature product launch

U.S.-based Schletter subsidiary files for bankruptcy after premature product launch

April 25, 2018 at 11:26 am Comments are Disabled

The Schletter Group sent word that it’s reorganizing its business in the United States. The U.S. subsidiary Schletter Inc, based in Shelby, N.C., has filed for Chapter 11 proceedings in order to sort out its current financial situation. Business activities are to be continued in close cooperation with clients andRead More

Unirac debuts shared rail version of its Ground Fixed Tilt system

Unirac debuts shared rail version of its Ground Fixed Tilt system

April 11, 2018 at 1:33 pm Comments are Disabled

Unirac, Inc. has launched a shared rail version of its Ground Fixed Tilt (GFT), an engineered system of standard ground mount components supported by North America’s largest ground mount distribution network. The new shared rail design delivers enhanced system and labor optimization for maximum productivity. Unirac’s commercial project support makesRead More

GP JOULE 2.7MW Project in Lake Waconia, Minn.

GP JOULE completes Minnesota community solar projects with its single-axis tracker

April 10, 2018 at 1:44 pm Comments are Disabled

GP JOULE Canada Corp., a subsidiary of GP JOULE GmbH, has successfully completed six utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects through its U.S. operations, totaling 12 megawatts (MW) in Minnesota. In two of these projects, the company combined its EPC expertise in the north with its proprietary single-axis tracker technology toRead More

Solar FlexRack adds self powered option to its TDP solar trackers

Solar FlexRack adds self powered option to its TDP solar trackers

April 10, 2018 at 11:49 am Comments are Disabled

Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in solar tracker, mounting and project support services, is now offering a new, integrated Self Powered Solution for its TDP Solar Trackers. The safe and efficient technology simplifies the installation process by greatly reducing AC wiring and associatedRead More

Schletter beefs up FixGrid flat-roof mounting system to handle more wind, snow load

Schletter beefs up FixGrid flat-roof mounting system to handle more wind, snow load

April 9, 2018 at 12:22 pm Comments are Disabled

The Schletter Group is releasing a new generation of its FixGrid, a mounting system for flat roofs: The 2018 FixGrid kit system combines the benefits of the FixGrid and AluGrid systems, resulting in even more simple and faster assembly. Furthermore, the system is capable of withstanding higher wind and snowRead More

S-5! partners with distributor Unistrut to sell its solar clamps and snow retention systems

S-5! partners with distributor Unistrut to sell its solar clamps and snow retention systems

March 13, 2018 at 10:27 am Comments are Disabled

S-5! has announced a partnership with North American distributor Unistrut, where Unistrut Ohio will offer the complete line of S-5! zero-penetration clamps and snow retention systems. S-5! manufactures clamps for attaching ancillary items to standing seam metal roofs. “We are happy to be the newest member of the S-5! distributionRead More

Podcast: How NEXTracker ‘decapitated the duck’ with its new solar-plus-storage tracker design

Podcast: How NEXTracker ‘decapitated the duck’ with its new solar-plus-storage tracker design

March 12, 2018 at 5:25 pm Comments are Disabled

Being the No. 1 tracker worldwide according to GTM Research, I will assume you’ve heard of NEXTracker and its decentralized tracker design by now. What you may not know about is the company’s giant leap into the storage arena with two solutions — NX Drive, a standardized battery enclosure systemRead More

S-5! 2018 Attachment Solutions & Products brochure now available

S-5! 2018 Attachment Solutions & Products brochure now available

February 28, 2018 at 10:55 am Comments are Disabled

S-5! has published its 2018 Attachment Solutions & Products brochure and made it available for download. You can access it right here. What’s in it? The Attachment Solutions & Products brochure contains information about what S-5! attachment products can be used for and how to correctly use them. The S-5!Read More

PV Pointer: How to optimize PV system structural design for environmental hazards

PV Pointer: How to optimize PV system structural design for environmental hazards

February 26, 2018 at 11:19 am Comments are Disabled

According to a recent study by SolarPower Europe, new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed worldwide in 2016 reached more than 76 gigawatts. This was largely due to dramatic growth led by the United States and China, with both countries almost doubling the amount of solar added from 2015. Globally thereRead More