Sherex Fastening Solutions debuts new wedge locking washer

Sherex Fastening Solutions, a global leader in engineered fasteners, tooling, and automation, is pleased to announce the launch of a new wedge locking washer product line.

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“The TEC Series product line adds another fastening solution to our portfolio, continuing our 35 year tradition of developing innovative, lowest total installed cost fastening solutions for our valued customers,” says President Adam Pratt, “TEC Series washers are a high quality, high performance, cost-effective solution to the challenge of securing joints that experience severe vibration and load.”

Sherex’s March 2016 acquisition of Disc-Lock International, the originator of wedge locking technology, laid the foundation for the development of the TEC Series product line. Sherex leveraged its world-class R&D team, global manufacturing capabilities, and seasoned technical sales professionals, to build off of the Disc-Lock technology to develop this new product line.

This launch is the first step in a multi-year development program, and comes from a technical team with over 100 years combined experience in the development and sale of wedge-locking technology.

TEC Series washers were tested extensively on Junker vibration machines throughout the development process, and consistently protected joints under severe vibration and load. “We are thrilled to report that TEC Series washers meet or exceed the performance of current offerings in the marketplace, ”says Pratt.

TEC Series washers will be stocked in strategic locations throughout North America to provide short lead times to customers.

“Our customers have come to expect best-in-class performance, quality, availability, and value,” says Pratt, “and we look forward to introducing additional innovative solutions in the near future.”

TEC Series washers are available in standard and large outer diameter styles in carbon steel and stainless steel, in sizes from M3 (#5) through M72 (3”). Sherex’s engineering and technical sales team is available to custom design products with special dimensions, materials, and coatings.

With locations in the USA, Mexico, and Taiwan, Sherex products are manufactured to the highest quality standards in accordance with TS16949 and AS9100 certifications and ISO 9001:2008 accredidation. Sherex Fastening Solutions leverages engineering capabilities to meet customer specific needs and provides exceptional customer service and support throughout the sale.

— Solar Builder magazine

DOE prioritizes solar power plant performance with Power Factors funding

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Power Factors, a provider for monitoring, managing, and optimizing renewable energy assets, was selected as the recipient of an award by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative. Power Factors will leverage these funds to accelerate its research and development in producing actionable insights through the characterization of PV power plant performance deviations from predictive model production.

“PV data analysis has advanced rapidly, but the ability to effectively characterize differences between production estimates and actual performance has remained elusive. With this funding we expect to provide a powerful new tool for developers, owners, operators, and O&M providers,” said Steve Voss, Power Factors’ Principal Data Scientist.

Power Factors will incorporate this advanced functionality into its existing SaaS-based IoT platform that currently supports over 7,500 MW of PV capacity. Power Factors is well-positioned to deliver due to its existing 250+ years of subject matter expertise and its proven track record of handling big data and data quality issues generated by solar PV systems.

“We are honored to be selected by the DOE for this award,” said Power Factors EVP Steve Scales. “This grant will accelerate Power Factors’ ability to drive solar photovoltaic systems’ energy yields, reliability, and bankability. The DOE’s continued focus on strengthening and assuring our nation’s supply of clean electricity is vital,” added Scales.

— Solar Builder magazine

TrueLook offers new 20 megapixel camera for construction jobsites

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TrueLook is now offering a 20-megapixel camera system to construction companies across the U.S. and Canada. With this new technology, these companies will now be able to monitor construction jobsites for security, progress reporting and compliance with larger, sharper images and improved digital zoom capabilities. TrueLook’s 20-MP camera is the first and only DSLR camera on the market to come standard with live streaming video and security recording.

TrueLook’s 20-MP camera system provides the following benefits:

• Sharper images – The images are larger by definition making them the sharpest images available for the construction jobsite. The digital single-lens reflex (DLSR) lens makes this camera more responsive resulting in sharper images.

• Convenience – The cameras employ remote auto-focus via the TrueLook interface making it easier to gain sharp focus for the camera at the jobsite. This camera also offers live streaming video and 24/7 security recording – both at 1080p resolution. By its nature, a 20-MP camera employs enhanced digital zoom which adds to the convenience of getting the precise image needed from the jobsite.

• Quality – The cameras deliver images at more than twice the resolution than 4K cameras that are on the market today. The resulting quality of photos and video available from the jobsite are higher than previous models.

“Many of our clients have requested DSLR lens technology,” Pittman said. “With the new lens technology combined with the other features on the 20-megapixel camera, our clients will see even more detail of their construction site with these reliable, secure camera systems. These new cameras take jobsite viewing and security to another level.”

— Solar Builder magazine

16 community solar projects across Massachusetts being financed by Key Equipment Finance

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Key Equipment Finance, one of the nation’s largest bank-held equipment finance companies and an affiliate of KeyCorp, is boosting financing for 16 community solar projects across Massachusetts for Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar solutions provider, and ENGIE, a global energy developer focusing on responsible growth and the challenges of the energy transition to a low-carbon economy.

Using financing from Key Equipment Finance, CEC and ENGIE will own and operate the community solar projects and sell the energy to utilities, creating savings on electric bills for the commercial, municipal, nonprofit and residential customers. The combined CEC and ENGIE projects are adding 22.1 megawatts of clean capacity, which is equivalent to fully offsetting energy for 3,700 residential homes.

“ENGIE and CEC are industry leaders using Key Equipment Finance’s financing solutions to bring a broad expansion of community solar to customers across Massachusetts,” said Luis Gutierrez, vice president of energy finance for Key Equipment Finance’s Energy Solutions team, which provides leases tailored to the energy market. “Customized financing plays a vital role in bringing the benefits of community solar to more customers, which contributes to Key’s broader sustainability goals.”

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The 16 community solar projects in Massachusetts are constructed and interconnected and will serve customers in the Eversource and National Grid utility territories. They include solar arrays in the towns of Sutton, Williamsburg, Orange, Goshen, Phillipston, Uxbridge, West Bridgewater, Kingston, North Adams, Clarksburg, and Wareham.

The economic benefits of these projects will be seen for years to come – including decades of property tax payments in each of the project towns, millions of dollars of construction investment through utilizing local electricians and other contracted specialists to maintain the arrays and the long-term savings, which area businesses and residential customers will receive throughout the duration of the community solar program.

“Key Equipment Finance’s partnership has allowed CEC to bring its RooflessSolar™ community solar options to more Massachusetts customers, giving them greater choice in how they meet their power needs,” said Tom Sweeney, CEC’s president of renewables. “Funding community solar projects can be a very complicated and capital-intensive process, and we are proud to be collaborating with Key Equipment Finance and ENGIE to ‘uncomplicate’ clean energy access and sustain the growing energy movement in Massachusetts.”

The 25-year lifespan of the systems will produce solar energy output equivalent to reducing 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, planting 1.5 million trees or eliminating 1.1 billion miles of driving.

— Solar Builder magazine

Vector Structural Engineering is issuing 1,500 solar structural certification letters a month

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Since July 2016, Vector Structural Engineering has issued over 20,000 Structural Certification Letters to solar installers, becoming a solar industry leader virtually overnight.

With over 60 professionals on staff and offices in three states, 15-year-old Vector Structural Engineering is an emerging player across the structural engineering field. According to Vector Founder and Principal, Roger T. Alworth, P.E., it was a strict adherence to process-based systems and excellent customer service that allowed the company to jump to over 1,500 Structural Certification Letters per month in less than one year.

“As it turns out, the vast majority of municipalities in the United States require some form of certification before allowing a residential solar system installation,” Allworth said. “Expanding our solar division was a matter of being at the right place at the right time with the right experience.”

By 2015, Vector’s Telecommunications Division already had a decade of national experience delivering rapid turn-around on small and medium-sized projects. Vector’s management team recognized that solar installers needed the same kind service — fast, national and cost-competitive. “We hired industry veteran James W. ‘Jamey’ Johnston as business development lead for Vector SE’s solar division, and his contribution has been critical to the division’s success,” Allworth added.

SOLARCert is a rigorous, process-based system crafted especially for Solar Installers. These professionals need an independent third-party to analyze and certify the structural soundness of individual homes throughout America, typically in 24 hours or less and at a cost of under $200 per Structural Certification Letter.

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“Having licensed professional engineers in every state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia means Vector SE can deliver certifications throughout the U.S.,” Johnston said. “SOLARCert is what leading solar installers are asking for. They deal with one company that has national coverage. They have a single, personal point of contact. The formula is working. We’ve averaged over 1,500 letters per month during the first half of 2017. In fact, we are producing hundreds of Solar Certification Letters each month for several individual solar companies.”

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, there are currently over 1 million buildings in the U.S. with rooftop solar systems.

“Our best estimate suggests that there were over 500,000 new solar systems installed on residential rooftops in 2016,” Johnston said. “And although 20,000 is only four percent of the overall marketplace, we believe it makes us one of the largest providers of Solar Certification Letters in the country.”

— Solar Builder magazine