QuickBOLT’s Microflashing technology is now a registered trademark

QuickBOLT’s Microflashing is now a registered trademark. Microflashing is a component of the QuickBOLT and Low Profile QuickBOLT Mounting Kits. The QuickBOLT is the world’s first and only UL Certified Microflashing mounting system. The patented QuickBOLT with Microflashing technology seals roof penetrations and can be installed without lifting shingles or removing nails and staples.

The QuickBOLT with Microflashing has been installed over 600,000 times with zero leaks.

QuickBOLT with Microflashing

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In 2012, SolarRoofHook changed the mounting industry by creating the QuickBOLT with Microflashing, the first and only flashing-free, leak-proof solar mounting solution for asphalt shingle roofs. By eliminating the bulky flashing, SolarRoofHook has helped countless installers save time and money with the simplest, quickest, and most affordable mounting system on the market.

In 2017, SolarRoofHook came up with yet another time-saving asphalt shingle roof mount – the Low Profile QuickBOLT with Microflashing. Unlike the height adjustable L-Foot of the QuickBOLT, the Low Profile QuickBOLT includes an L-Foot that sits flat on the Microflashing without having to make any adjustments. This feature eliminates a step from the installation process, allowing the Low Profile QuickBOLT to be installed in less than 60 seconds – the fastest installation time yet.

The fixed height of the Low Profile QuickBOLT also takes the struggle out of creating a level array. Simply mount the Low Profile QuickBOLT and secure the L-Foot for a ready-to-go level array that requires no adjustments.

— Solar Builder magazine

Texas is getting a NetZero capable community via Francis Solar, Quick Mount PV

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Francis Solar and Quick Mount PV are supplying Texas’s first NetZero Capable Community, Whisper Valley, with equipment to go solar. The supply partnership has helped the 7,500 home Texas community win the Grand Award at the 2019 Green Builder Media Sustainability Awards. The new community is a model for the future of sustainable living with solar generating the electricity needed to power the community’s homes, helping make each home zero energy capable.

Together, Francis Solar and Quick Mount PV will complete the planned community of 7,500 eco-smart homes over the coming years. Each of the Eco-Smart homes will be fitted with the highest quality roof-top solar systems, geothermal technology, NEST, Google Fiber, and other efficient and sustainable technologies. The team at Francis Solar are Quick Mount PV Installer Pros and have been trained to in-stall every system efficiently using best practices in roofing and solar installation.

Quick Mount PV is supplying the complete racking and mounting system consisting of QRail and L-Mount, to ensure that the system will reach the highest standard of waterproofing and quality. Quick Mount PV’s products are industry-leading for code-compliance, waterproofing, and do not void roofing warranties while Quick Mount PV’s system carries a 25-year warranty.

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Francis Solar was chosen by the community developers as the trusted solar provider because of their commitment to designing an attractive, custom system for each home to ensure maximum output and aesthetics. Each completed Eco-Smart Home is built ready for energy storage and electrical vehicle charging when the homeowner decides to take the next steps in Sustainable Energy Ownership.

“We’re proud to partner with Francis Solar to bring high-quality, low-cost solar systems to the first Net-Zero Capable community in Texas. Consumers want solar and this new community delivers it affordably,” said Quick Mount PV’s President Yann Brandt. “Whisper Valley and communities like it offer a glimpse of the future. Soon most new homes will come with solar already installed as standard—allowing home-owners to save money, reduce their energy bills, and help the environment.”

roof top reportDownload the new Residential Rooftop Report to heat up your solar sales

The Residential Rooftop Report for the first quarter of 2019 is now available for download. The theme is “Heating Up Sales,” and we’ve teamed up with report sponsor Aurora Solar to examine ways for residential solar installation companies to lower customer acquisition costs, close more leads and overall run a more streamlined, efficient local solar business. Just fill out the form below to access your free report.

— Solar Builder magazine

PV Pointer: Safety tips for rooftop solar panels in snow country


If you are installing solar panels in the northern half of the United States, there are a few winter safety precautions you need to take to prevent potentially dangerous situations.

Traditional residential asphalt shingle roofs have a high coefficient of friction that helps to hold rooftop snow accumulations in place until the snow gradually melts and is gone. However, solar panels have a smooth surface that can result in a very sudden slide of snow in quantities large enough to cause severe damage to anything or anyone below. One of the most economical ways to prevent a snow avalanche is to install a snow retention system or snow guards.

Snow guards aren’t new. Used frequently to stop snow from suddenly falling off the slick surfaces of metal roofs, snow guards are now offered in a variety of styles and types and are available for almost every kind of roofing material. The most effective snow guards consist of brackets that attach to the roof near the eave and support a bar or multiple bars running parallel to the eave across the length of the roof. Snow guards can also be installed over a walkway, doors or delicate shrubs and are available in both bar or rail types. Regardless of the style selected, the layout and specifications should be designed to meet your local snow load requirements.

Having a snow retention plan created along with the PV panel plan will help maximize rooftop space and also determine the height necessary for the snow retention system to hold back the snow sliding off the array. A trained designer will take into account the local building code snow loads, roof pitch and roofing surface materials to best plan and design the solar array placement along with the snow retention system. They’ll also consider whether your PV panels need to be installed with a railed racking system or as a rail-less system, and what the distance from the top of the PV panels to the rooftop will need to be.

Local fire code requirements for positioning the solar array on the roof should be reviewed, and you will need to allow space for emergency personnel to access the rooftop in case of a fire or other disaster. Some jurisdictions mandate a specific, clear distance between the array and the eave and valleys of adjacent roof sections, often 3 ft or more. Discuss the impacts of installing a snow rail within that distance to your customer.

Questions to consider

  1. As the solar installer, do you have a recommended snow retention system?
  2. Will it be adequate for all your homes or buildings?
  3. Will you need more than a single row installed at the eaves to hold back the snow or should the array be designed to allow an intermediate row part way up the roof?
  4. There are a number of manufacturers of snow guards. Has the snow guard manufacturer you have chosen had experience with solar arrays in high snow?

A customer’s decision to invest in a quality solar array should also determine whether a snow retention system should be part of the installation. If chosen wisely, the solar and snow retention systems will serve together for many years.

Caroll Marston is a sales engineer for AceClamp.

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The Residential Rooftop Report for the first quarter of 2019 is now available for download. The theme is “Heating Up Sales,” and we’ve teamed up with report sponsor Aurora Solar to examine ways for residential solar installation companies to lower customer acquisition costs, close more leads and overall run a more streamlined, efficient local solar business. Just fill out the form below to access your free report.

— Solar Builder magazine

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

Array Technologies starts 30th year in solar promoting SmarTrack to optimize bifacial PV production

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Array Technologies already sees a 9 to 10 percent gain in bifacial tracking performance.

Along the many ups and downs of the solar coaster, Array Technologies trackers have stood the test of time as 2019 marks the company’s 30th anniversary.

“When I started in the solar industry over 30 years ago, I dreamed about the growth and development that this industry would go through,” said founder and chief innovation officer Ron Corio. “More than anything, I’m proud that Array has been able to help foster that growth, and continues to move the world in a more sustainable direction through continued technology-based innovation.”

Over its 30 years, Array has been a critical partner in the marked growth of single axis tracking applications which are now utilized in upwards of 80% of all utility-scale installations. Early installations from Array helped the PV industry achieve significant cost efficiencies and increased energy output. Array’s pioneering nature continues with the expansion of its presence in emerging solar regions such as Australia and Latin America.

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“Solar power is inherently international,” said CEO Jim Fusaro, “besides expanding our business we aim to provide reliable solar trackers to our customers with the highest yields in both energy production and financial returns.”

With a proven history of meeting and exceeding investor expectations, Array continues on a path to push the industry forward. Recently, the company introduced their newest innovation, the self-learning assisted SmarTrack, which automatically optimizes tracking to allow bifacial and split-cell modules to capture the most energy.

“To this day, Array is still driven by an entrepreneurial spirit that causes us to constantly push new boundaries to benefit both our current and future customers,” said Fusaro.

— Solar Builder magazine