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PV Pointer: Considerations for super small-scale ground-mount PV systems

PV Pointer: Considerations for super small-scale ground-mount PV systems

July 18, 2019 at 10:50 am Comments are Disabled

When does a ground-mount system work best? Many times, a roof mount is the only option due to space constraints, but when a bit of open land is available, putting a solar project on the ground provides some huge benefits to homeowners: Flexible design. While a roof is fixed atRead More

Have a solid staging plan, especially on constrained-area sites like rooftops.

Four C&I solar project development lessons learned by Standard Solar

July 8, 2019 at 3:38 pm Comments are Disabled

One of the many reasons working for Standard Solar is so rewarding is that we do not design and install cookie-cutter projects. We customize each system with the specific host, site location, environmental situation and unique challenges of the project in mind. Overcoming these challenges and providing the best possibleRead More

Sapphire Solar Project, a 2.47-MW install in Lake City, S.C., using Solar FlexRack’s TDP 2.0 Solar Tracker.

Scaling up: Behind-the-scenes moves have readied Solar FlexRack to supply larger projects

July 8, 2019 at 1:42 pm Comments are Disabled

Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is a supplier of custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracker systems. The Youngstown, Ohio-based company basically handles everything involved in large-scale solar mounting, specializing in full turnkey packages that include all of the engineering, geotechnical and pullout testing plusRead More

Man on roof top checking on solar panel installation

PV Pointer: What can solar installers do now to prep for the new build market?

July 2, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

  One of the best things that solar contractors can do to prepare for solar in the new homes market is to get familiar with designing and selling solar for new construction and ensure that they have a strong process in place. This will help ensure they can hit theRead More

Example of 10-kW rooftop of Sun2 Sunflare panels that are simply stuck to the roof using industrial strength sticky-back tape. Total cost including standing seam metal roof was approximately $28,000.

You down with BIPV? Here’s a rundown of today’s solar shingle contenders

June 27, 2019 at 8:00 am 2 comments

This is a continuation of installment III in our Countdown to 2020 series, “Would you like solar with that?”. Will more solar being installed during new construction or roof replacement hasten the shift to solar shingles or other building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) innovations? Tesla’s solar shingles are still mostly a myth,Read More

Dynamic Duo: Optimizing the performance of spray polyurethane foam and photovoltaic systems

Dynamic Duo: Optimizing the performance of spray polyurethane foam and photovoltaic systems

June 19, 2019 at 10:18 am Comments are Disabled

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) and PV systems are increasingly paired together as a joint solution for energy savings. With the continued push toward sustainability and growing movements such as zero net energy (ZNE) construction, SPF and PV systems combine to provide a logical solution to generate renewable energy while conservingRead More

RBI Solar’s Sunflower Single Axis Tracker is designed to rotate PV modules on the East/West axis.

The perfect couple: How RBI Solar’s new solar tracker relies on custom jaw couplings to conquer tough environments

June 18, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Solar tracking system popularity has expanded as costs have come down and as more customers recognize the advantages compared to fixed-tilt systems for certain applications. RBI Solar is the latest well-recognized solar mounting system manufacturer for commercial and utility-scale projects to heed this market demand by debuting its Sunflower SingleRead More

Residential Solar Mounting Guide 2019: Situations and Solutions

Residential Solar Mounting Guide 2019: Situations and Solutions

June 11, 2019 at 10:13 am Comments are Disabled

Solar installers face jobsite annoyances every day. Awkward roof space. Plastic baggies of tiny components. Missed rafters. And so on. Death by a thousand racking cuts. Luckily, for all of these situations, there is a mounting solution out there to make your life easier. Micro but Mighty It’s not theRead More

Sustainable Planning: Inside McCarthy Building’s holistic approach to solar development

Sustainable Planning: Inside McCarthy Building’s holistic approach to solar development

June 4, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

When a $4.5 billion-a-year employee-owned solar EPC determined how to best maximize local trainee headcounts on projects, the solution not only made strong economic sense but also presented an unusual competitive edge. Indeed, McCarthy Building, based in St. Louis, has constructed a reputation of having one of the best workerRead More

Countdown to California 2020, part III: Would you like solar with that?

Countdown to California 2020, part III: Would you like solar with that?

May 23, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

As we hit the halfway point in our Countdown to 2020, the residential solar market in the here and now is showing signs of stability. The residential solar market grew 7 percent in 2018 following a 15 percent market contraction in 2017, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2018Read More