Post Tagged with: "May June 2016 Print Issue"

Inside Tech: How new platform from TrinaSolar delivers module-level flexibility

Inside Tech: How new platform from TrinaSolar delivers module-level flexibility

June 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

Flexibility will forever be a goal in the solar industry because there is no perfect site. As you’ll notice throughout the mounting guide this year, flexibility is a big trend in mounting systems, but there is usually still a rigidity baked into the PV architecture itself. Panels are tied togetherRead More

What lies beneath: Mount a string inverter under an array with this integration

What lies beneath: Mount a string inverter under an array with this integration

June 14, 2016 at 8:00 am 1 comment

PV systems are just a series of connections — modules to strings, panels to racking, inverters to the grid, etc. These pieces often all come from different places, and an installer can find real benefit in solutions that come ready to connect quickly and easily — like the integration SollegaRead More

2016 Solar Mounting/Racking Guide: Product Showcase

2016 Solar Mounting/Racking Guide: Product Showcase

June 6, 2016 at 10:30 am 5 comments

Most of you may have learned that the earth is not flat. Which is too bad, really. If it was flat, we’d just place PV panels all over it and call it a day. Our Mounting Guide would certainly be a lot less interesting. But no, of course it isn’t flat.Read More

Hammer Time: What to look for in your next pile-driving machine

Hammer Time: What to look for in your next pile-driving machine

May 27, 2016 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Before driving your piles into the ground, you have one huge decision that could be the key to delivering the project on time, on budget and possibly at a reduced cost: What machine will be driving those piles? The brute force of a hammer might not be the one-size-fits-all toolRead More

Experts share tips for mounting on composition shingle, tile, slate and metal residential roofs

Mounting by roof type: Experts share tips for all residential solar installs

May 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

Before mounting a PV array on any residential roof, Jolene Ciosek, marketing for EcoFasten Solar, says it’s critical to inspect the homeowner’s roof. In addition to evaluating the structure of the building and the roof, check the age and type of roof in order to determine the correct steps neededRead More

Load Warriors: Experts discuss rooftop ballast installation best practices

Load Warriors: Experts discuss rooftop ballast installation best practices

May 16, 2016 at 11:18 am 3 comments

Installing a ballast racking system on a commercial roof isn’t necessarily any easier or more difficult than a ground-mount in terms of the planning and challenges, but you can’t accidentally void the earth’s warranty. There’s also less risk in a ground-mount mistake resulting in a PV system tumbling into aRead More

Problem Solvers: Solar site issues solved by the right mounting solution

Problem Solvers: Solar site issues solved by the right mounting solution

May 10, 2016 at 8:10 am 5 comments

ASSA ABLOY Location: Berlin, Conn. Size: 1.3 MW International door and hardware manufacturer ASSA ABLOY had been making significant strides in environmental stewardship and was ready for its own clean energy installation. But there was a problem — the selected site had difficult topography, with slopes as steep as 20Read More

The value of a team approach to fixed-tilt ground-mount projects

The value of a team approach to fixed-tilt ground-mount projects

May 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm 2 comments

Fixed-tilt ground-mount systems are an excellent choice for maximizing solar energy production on sites with difficult soils, extreme environments, varying terrain or irregular boundaries. However, for projects with such site conditions in the mid-size range (1 MW to 10 MW), optimizing both the design and deployment of the PV systemRead More