Quick Mount PV doubles its manufacturing production to 1.2 gigawatts

Quick Mount PV

Quick Mount PV, a leading American manufacturer of watertight solar roof mounting and racking systems, is doubling its manufacturing production. The company is adding a second shift for the first time at its Walnut Creek, Calif., manufacturing facility — increasing the company’s annual production capacity to 1.2 gigawatts. The announcement comes on the heels of the announcement of the company’s facility expansion to the East Coast. Quick Mount PV manufactures a full range of solar mounting and racking systems for all roof types with the highest rated waterproofing at their California manufacturing facility.

“Rooftop solar is poised for a big year, and Quick Mount PV is ready to provide its industry-leading racking and mounting to fuel that growth,” said Yann Brandt, Quick Mount PV’s President. “Installers understand that quality racking and mounting is critical to the long-term success of rooftop solar–that recognition is what is powering our expansion. In addition, our training and support help bring down the costs for the consumer.”

Quick Mount says its training and support has provided the company with protection against recent aluminum tariffs and trade war issues. By combining roof ready racking and mounting, with training and support, Quick Mount provides solar installers the ability to install more kilowatts of PV solar faster — mitigating, in part, the increase in aluminum costs.

Quick Mount PV offers a comprehensive suite of seamlessly integrated systems providing everything needed to install PV modules on any roof type. With unsurpassed R&D, engineering, product testing and ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing in the United States, Quick Mount PV is committed to producing the industry’s most advanced solar mounting and racking systems. The superiority of the company’s mounting products is demonstrated by the fact that more than ten million Quick Mount PV roof attachments have been installed with zero leaks.

— Solar Builder magazine

Quick Mount PV added to Sunnova’s approved vendor list

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Quick Mount PV, the leading American manufacturer of watertight solar roof mounting and racking systems, has been added to Sunnova Energy Corporation’s list of approved vendors. Through this new partnership, Sunnova’s network of local installers can now offer its residential customers across the country Quick Mount’s solar mounting and racking systems.

In addition, Sunnova’s installers will now have access to Quick Mount’s training program. The company has trained thousands of solar professionals in the classroom and hands-on settings as well as through their online webinars and video tutorials on rooftop solar mounting systems.

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“We’re proud to be launching this relationship with Sunnova. Solar customers and solar installers want quality–something that Quick Mount PV has a proven track record of delivering,” said Yann Brandt, Quick Mount PV’s President. “We’re looking forward to providing Sunnova’s installers with the unparalleled quality of our full line of our watertight solar racking and mounting.”

Before being selected to join Sunnova’s approved vendor list, both Quick Mount PV’s technology and bankability underwent a competitive due diligence process. Quick Mount PV offers a comprehensive suite of seamlessly integrated systems providing everything needed to install PV modules on any roof type. With unsurpassed R&D, engineering, product testing and ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing in the United States, Quick Mount PV is committed to producing the industry’s most advanced solar mounting and racking systems. The company’s mounting product quality is demonstrated by the fact that more than 15 million Quick Mount PV roof attachments have been installed with zero leaks.

— Solar Builder magazine

Quick Mount PV opens East Coast warehouse to supply Florida solar installers with rooftop racking, training

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Quick Mount PV is expanding with a new facility on the East Coast. The company’s new 10,000 square foot South Florida Warehouse and Training Center in Pompano Beach will supply the fast-growing Florida solar market and host installer trainings for the region.

Quick Mount PV manufactures a full range of solar mounting and racking systems for all roof types with the highest rated waterproofing at their California manufacturing facility. Florida is the fastest growing solar market in the country with solar job growth of 20 percent in 2018 and the state now ranks second in the nation in solar jobs according to The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census.

“QuickMount PV has been selling and supplying the east coast market since our founding, so we’re excited to be expanding our facility footprint to the East Coast and South Florida for the first time. The Florida solar market is one of the fastest growing in the country, so locating there for our customers was a natural fit,” said Yann Brandt, Quick Mount PV’s President. “Taking soft costs out of our products is important to us and with our new facility we are able to take expensive logistics costs out of our supply chain for customers in Florida and the entire East Coast.”

The new South Florida Warehouse and Training Center will host trainings on the installation of the Quick Mount’s industry-leading advanced solar mounting and racking systems. The trainings along with Quick Mount’s Elevated Water Seal Technology have allowed the company to install over 14 million roof attachments over ten-plus years with zero leaks–critical in heavy rain regions including Florida. Quick Mount PV has trained thousands of solar professionals in the classroom, in the field, and through its online webinars and video tutorials.

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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.”


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NEC 2017 Primer for Solar Installers: Manufacturers explain how their products meet the updated code

NEC 2017

Jan. 1, 2019, is almost upon us, which means the National Electric Code (NEC) 2017 is almost in effect. Not all jurisdictions will be up to speed (hell, some aren’t even up on NEC 2014 yet), but around 24 states will require compliance immediately. We asked a variety of manufacturers about their NEC 2017-ready products, how they work and any advice they have for solar installers to meet the new code.

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Code to know

690.12 Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings

PV system circuits installed on or in buildings shall include a rapid shutdown function to reduce shock hazard for emergency responders in accordance with 690.12(A) through (D).

(A) Controlled Conductors. Requirements for controlled conductors shall apply to PV circuits supplied by the PV system.

(B) Controlled Limits. The use of the term, array boundary, in this section is defined as 305 mm (1 ft) from the array in all directions. Controlled conductors outside the array boundary shall comply with 690.12(B)(1) and inside the array boundary shall comply with 690.12(B)(2).

1. Outside the Array Boundary. Controlled conductors located outside the boundary or more than 1 m (3 ft) from the point of entry inside a building shall be limited to not more than 30 volts within 30 seconds of rapid shutdown initiation. Voltage shall be measured between any two conductors and between any conductor and ground.

2. Inside the Array Boundary. The PV system shall comply with one of the following:

(1) The PV array shall be listed or field labeled as a rapid shutdown PV array. Such a PV array shall be installed and used in accordance with the instructions included with the rapid shutdown PV array listing and labeling or field labeling.

(2) Controlled conductors located inside the boundary or not more than 1 m (3 ft) from the point of penetration of the surface of the building shall be limited to not more than 80 volts within 30 seconds of rapid shutdown initiation. Voltage shall be measured between any two conductors and between any conductor and ground.

Know your signs

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SolarEdge’s SafeDC technology is embedded in its DC optimized solution and as such meets NEC 2017 without any additional components. The existing PV system AC disconnect is used as the initiator. Whenever the inverter or grid is turned off (i.e. AC power), then the DC voltage and current fall below the NEC 2017 thresholds within 30 seconds — each power optimizer is responsible for lowering its output voltage to 1 volt during rapid shutdown activation. This happens both in and outside the array boundary.

“New signs are required to inform emergency responders of the equipment meeting NEC 2017. NEC 2017 requires that equipment used as rapid shutdown devices be listed for rapid shutdown and evaluated according to stringent standards. Installers should check to ensure all equipment is properly listed. For example, inverters and combiners that are used inside or outside the array boundary as rapid shutdown devices must be listed for rapid shutdown in the event that they are used for that purpose,” says Lior Handelsman, founder, VP of marketing for SolarEdge.

HellermannTyton Don’t skimp on labels

HellermannTyton offers a line of NEC 2017 code compliant labels that have been tested to actual real-world conditions for over seven years and through accelerated aging tests, which show the labels will survive decades of exposure [see example of one that did not on the right]. Because of the extensive testing of these solar-compliant labels, HellermannTyton offers a seven-year warranty on all adhesive labels that include the HT check mark and a 25-year warranty on any aluminum labels.

“Many municipalities are very concerned about label life. In this age of OSHA and ANSI compliance, there is increased liability on installers and inspection services. If a label only remains visible for a few years, and if someone gets injured or killed in the process of interacting with the equipment, there can be substantial fines or costly litigation that can affect on-going business,” says Todd Fries, product category manager – identification for HellermannTyton.

Watch for SunSpec certification

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If you’re unfamiliar with the SunSpec Alliance, it’s time you became familiar. This trade alliance of more than 100 solar and storage stakeholders has been working on information standards for plug-and-play PV system interoperability, but its communication solution for meeting module-level power control and safety (rapid shutdown) with any panel and inverter combination might be its crowning achievement. Look for the logo to the left to find products certified to the SunSpec RSD Specification. Here’s a list of early adopter companies involved in the collaboration and rollout.

• ABB
• Adesto Technologies
• Canadian Solar
• Celestica Inc.
• Chint Power Systems –
North America
• Delta Products
• Enphase Energy
• ER Solar
• Fronius International
• Ginlong-Solis
• Hansol Technics Co.
• HiQ Solar
• Itek Energy
• Ingeteam
• JA Solar
• LERRI Solar Technology
• Maxim Integrated
• Mersen Electrical Power
• Midnite Solar
• Neo Solar Power
• Omron Global
• OutBack Power
• Phoenix Contact
• SMA
• Samil Power
• Seraphim Solar USA
• Semitech Semiconductor
• Silfab Solar
• Solartec
• ST Micro
• Sungrow
• SunPower
• Sunrun
• Sunpreme
• Suntech Power
• Talesun Tesla
• Texas Instruments
• Tigo Energy
• UL LLC
• Yaskawa Solectrica
• Yingli Solar

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This is a diagram of how the SunSpec Communication signal for module-level rapid shutdown works.

froniusCompliance doesn’t mean cost

“It is important to know what the actual requirement is and then getting to code compliance in the simplest, most cost-effective way to not put extra financial burden on the customer. We believe that industry standards and innovation will drive down cost and allow customer choice,” says Richard Baldinger, head of marketing for Fronius.

The Fronius Symo Advanced three-phase inverter combines the benefits of the Fronius Symo with the convenience of an open industry standard. Featuring 10 models ranging from 10 kW to 24 kW, the Fronius Symo Advanced meets NEC 2017 compliance in conjunction with the Tigo TS4-F cover via the integrated Power Line Communication (PLC) transmitter that uses the SunSpec communication signal for rapid shutdown. This eliminates the need for any additional communication hardware and provides the most cost-effective option for code compliance.

tigoTigo Energy’s TS4-F (Fire Safety) is a UL-certified multivendor rapid shutdown solution for commercial PV systems that complies with NEC 2017. The TS4-R-F is a simple add-on that retrofits a regular standard solar module with a module-level rapid shutdown device and is compatible with the power line-based SunSpec communication signal for rapid shutdown. Using the existing DC wires between the inverter and module-level electronics as a communication channel significantly reduces installation time.

midnite solarMidnite Solar’s MNLSOB line, in both 600-volt and 1,000-volt models, utilize one transmitter and multiple receivers per system. This product can be used for string or module-level shutdown by using one receiver per string or one per module. They plug directly into the MC4 connectors on your module and, because the MNLSOB transmitter induces a PLC signal into the PV Positive line, there is no additional or new wiring to be done between the transmitter and the receivers. Midnite Solar will be introducing a new SunSpec-compliant MNLSOB by January.

Make no compromises

“There are no additional design requirements to implement shutdown functionality. A designer can build a project for maximum energy harvest, optimal ROI, or with any other goal in mind and simply choose the most cost-effective MLPE to address his or her needs. The shutdown functionality is built into these solutions and does not impact other project considerations. Installers should also be aware of the upcoming release of UL Standard 3741 as another way to comply with NEC 201 690.12 without requiring module-level shutdown by using equipment listed as ‘PV Hazard Control Arrays,’” says Brad Dore, director of marketing for SMA America.

SMA’s Sunny Tripower CORE1 meets the shutdown requirements of NEC 690.12 when paired with a TS4-R-F module-level device. The inverter and MLPE retrofit unit operate on the new SunSpec Power Line Communication (PLC) signal for module-level rapid shutdown. This solution is the most cost-effective way to achieve module-level shutdown. The solution operates on a simple “stay alive” signal broadcast from the inverter over the existing DC wires. The TS4-R-F units will operate while AC power is present, and if AC power is cut via the AC disconnect, the MLPEs lose the “stay alive” signal and de-energize in accordance with code.

Streamline to ground

Section 690.43 states that “Exposed noncurrent-carrying metal parts of PV module frames, electrical equipment, and conductor enclosures of PV systems shall be grounded in accordance with 250.134 or 250.136(A), regardless of voltage.”

brilliant rack

Brilliant Rack racking systems feature mounting connections with serrated bolts that ensure the most effective metal-to-metal contact for proper bonding connections. These connections are essential for dispersing any electrical charge, providing multiple pathways to soil in compliance with Section 250.92 B. This reduces the danger of equipment damage or human injury should the rack become electrically charged through equipment malfunction, human error or lightning strike. Independent testing has demonstrated Brilliant Rack systems are capable of dispersing higher currents through the system into soil, and that the serrated bolt and nut are likely to maintain this connection better over a long period of time than WEEB clips.

sunmodo

SunModo’s ground lug, self-bonding clamps and self-bonding rail splices meet the requirements found in NEC 2017. The basis of the self-bonding system is its patented stainless-steel floating bonding pin, which is designed to be captive in the mounting components and provides a bonding path from the PV panel frames to the rails and rail splices and finally to the ground lug. The Ground Lug is compliant with both UL 467 and the equipment grounding requirements 690.43. The self-bonding system is for use with PV modules that have a maximum series fuse rating of 30A.

 

 

Rooftop Adder Table removed

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“The Rooftop Adder Table that has affected the ampacity calculations for conductors that are run at a specified distance above a rooftop has been deleted. This table generally hasn’t been well accepted by electrical personnel since its addition to the NEC several years ago. Because of the deletion, if raceways are kept at least 7/8 of an inch above the rooftop, there should no longer be a need for upsizing conductors and increasing costs,” says Randy Barnett, safety compliance professional for the NFPA.

Quick Mount PV has two NEC 2017-ready products in its classic conduit mount and conduit mount for tile. When used in conjunction with a standard off-the-shelf conduit hanger, the conduit is raised in excess of the minimum 7/8-in. off the roof surface, which is new in NEC 2017. These mounts are designed to lift electrical conduit off the roof to protect wiring from overheating. These mounts use Quick Mount’s proprietary waterproofing technology to seal the roof penetrations, and aluminum and stainless steel parts are used to secure the electrical conduit for the life of the system.

— Solar Builder magazine