APA Solar Racking reduces component count in its new TITAN Series Racking System

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APA Solar Racking is launching its new TITAN Series Racking System, developed over the past several years with structural engineers, professional engineering firms and installers to be highly optimized and installer friendly.

The TITAN series is a 3-rail system that features an asymmetrical clamping design. This means 25 percent fewer East/West rails for installation and fewer brackets and fasteners that go along with it. With 20 percent fewer components and the lowest part count per MW in the industry, APA believes its TITAN Series has the lowest man hours per MW for installation.

Got Rock?

Rocky sites can be daunting for developers and lead to extra hidden cost. The TITAN Series comes standard with either a single driven C-pile or a Dual Screw foundation. The Dual Screw option has been highly engineered for the New England rocky soil conditions. With the TITAN Dual Screw system APA can offer ground screws of any size and pre-drill options if needed. APA privately owns a large fleet of rock drilling and screw install equipment and offers a guaranteed install price to all customers.

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The hardware also comes standard with a patent pending top-down clamp that holds the modules in place before they are fully installed. The top down clamp design is also solar module friendly, allowing for different modules width and sizes. In 2019 many new modules are being launched into the industry that are no longer standard sizes. This extra adjustment allows you to have a wide range of modules choices even after you purchased your racking hardware. The 3-rail design also has bifacial modules in mind, offering the lowest back of panel shading.

— Solar Builder magazine

APA Racking explains the value of turnkey providers for solar project managers

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The following post is from APA Racking’s Solar Solutions blog series.

As timelines get delayed and projects overlap each other, project managers can quickly get overloaded by juggling multiple projects at once. Hiring more skilled project managers isn’t as easy as it seems with this skill set in high demand and a severe shortage of qualified individuals. Even with the best project control systems in place and utilizing dashboards, key performance indicators, and critical callout’s, the sheer time it takes to manage such systems can be daunting.

APA has seen more and more companies move toward a turnkey solution. By bringing the manufacturing and installation process under one roof, project managers can breathe a little easier. The turnkey delivery consolidates multiple contracts into a single point of accountability. The result should be certainty of schedule and cost, reduced contract execution time, minimizing change orders, faster decisions, and the ability to communicate with one individual for all things project related. About 80% of APA’s projects are turnkey, and even with material only sales, a project manager is assigned to every project to ensure a smooth process.

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APA is first and foremost a racking manufacturer, but has evolved into a full mechanical turnkey installation partner with many customers. APA works with the customer in the actual design of the project and can mitigate any construction related problems before breaking ground. Changes on paper are certainly easier and more cost-effective than after the installation has begun.

APA’s years as an installation partner provides insight that designers may not have. Issues such as working around underground utilities, topography adjustments, and variations in soil types can be addressed swiftly and creatively. Many times, APA can recommend using multiple foundations on a site to accommodate various soil types and manage costs.

For example, a proposal may include a helical foundation for 60% of the site and a ground screw for the remaining 40% due to areas with rock. The cost savings can be significant versus a 100% ground screw solution.

For the project manager, a mechanical turnkey solution means managing less subcontracts and more time for critical decisions at the highest level without being inundated with minute details. Real time project updates are sent daily and represent the entire project scope with design, manufacturing and installation.

— Solar Builder magazine

APA Solar Racking launches new ground screw line at SPI

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APA Solar Racking is launching a new line of ground screws and secured an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with one of the world’s leading ground screw manufacturers to fulfill solar projects of all sizes. The APA Ground Screws are available with APA racking or can be fitted with other ground mount and tracker systems. The ground screws are designed to APA’s in-house engineering specs and backed by APA’s quality guarantee. Customers will work directly with APA for all orders, and APA will manage the entire process for in-house application testing, loading engineering, volume ordering and inventory.

You can check them out in person at Solar Power International, booth 804.

Ground screw sizes

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Ground screws are the ideal foundation for rocky, hard pan, and caliche soils. The APA Ground Screws are available with standard depths of 40, 61, 73 and 85 inches to accommodate frost depths around the country. APA’s standard screw diameter is 2.35″ for better drivability, lower cost point compared to a 3”screw. Additional diameters up to 4.5″ are available. APA’s ground screws are designed with the highest quality standards and backed by APA’s guarantee. The Superior quality features heavy wall tube, welded connections, hot dipped galvanized coating, and a forged tip. These features allow massive amounts of torque and down pressure to be applied, penetrating the toughest soils.

The APA Ground Screw perfect for all APA racking systems and can easily be outfitted for other racking systems using either the set screw or flange connection. The ground screws are easy to install with a skid loader or mini excavator with an auger attachment or a pile driving rig with a rotary head.

— Solar Builder magazine