We look at the pros and cons of rail and rail-less PV mounting systems

Quick Mount PV’s E-Mount Lag

Photo: Quick Mount PV’s E-Mount Lag

Should you go with a rail or rail-less PV mounting system on your next installation? Depending on who you ask, you will get strong opinions for both. I liken the choice to dieting. Don’t eat meat! Actually, don’t eat carbs! No, it’s sugar that’s the killer! Milk is bad! You need milk!

The commonality here, at least to me, is everyone is right, and no one is right. What works for one person or project may not work for another, and maybe the answer is a little bit of all of the above. The real key is knowing what you need, what you prefer and the attributes of your available choices.

All systems have their pluses and minuses, and depending on the job at hand or your business plan, either could be the right solution for you and your customers. So, when, where and why would you go in one direction or another?

Reasons for Rails

For starters, it is easier to start. Rails involve a lower learning curve. You can get a crew trained on system installation fairly quick, and part of the reason for this is a more forgiving layout. SunModo, which offers all types of systems, says that on a straight-forward roof, your layout time is reduced.

“Our railed systems are flexible to accommodate complicated roof conditions and crooked roofs,” says Stella Sun, marketing director for SunModo. Its EZ Roof Mount can accommodate both rafter and decking applications.

The most ideal applications, according to Jason Xie, president at Magerack, is a large, simple array layout or a crooked roof. “A roof with a lot of obstacles — vents, stack, etc. — can present issues,” Xie says.

Look for low to moderately pitched roof applications in the 8 to 44 degrees range. Railed systems will require more engineering on steep slope pitched roof applications, 45 degrees or greater, according to SunModo.

“All rackless systems don’t use rails. That’s a time savings, but if the number of attachments is higher, if the parts costs are higher, or if there are still fiddly little parts that need adjustment, the overall costs are higher — not lower,” says Barry Cinnamon, founder of Spice Solar. “Installers should carefully account for all parts, including roof attachments.”

Some of the benefits aren’t inherent in the general rail system, but have been built in to select products. PV Racking, for example, has eliminated the need for clamps on the roof, which increases the speed of installation and save 20 to 30 percent in labor time. Its elongated L-Foot allows for faster and easier rail alignment too.

Reasons to Share

Shared rail solutions use rail to hold the modules in place, but reduce components elsewhere, such as mid and end clamps. As Shane Shamoo, president of Solar Speedrack, explains it, shared rail systems cover the entire side of the module, and the module frame becomes “bonded” to the rails and reduces the strain on the module.

“Because the rails are shared, a two-up installation would require only three rails as compared to four for a standard mid and end clamp system,” he says. This provides its own unique nimbleness for either landscape or portrait installations on all roof types. Shared rail also requires fewer roof penetrations, lessening the potential of a “floating” penetration.

SunModo says shared rail is great when modules are in landscape and the rail has to be run E-W and you cannot clamp to the short sides of the module, or when the rail has to be run N-S and the module must be in portrait. Less than ideal shared rail applications would be those with sagging trusses, uneven shingles, uneven roof framing or any other situation that would cause difficulty creating perfectly level rows of rail.

“Since we offer a shared rail system that does not require clamps, the first rail automatically aligns the first row of panels, which eliminates the need to straighten panels and speeds up the installation,” says Devin Paris of PV Racking’s shared rail system. Some systems come with rail spacers to allow for fast and easy spacing between the rails, eliminating the need to pull a measurement between each rail.

Reasons for Rail-less

As you might expect, the benefits of a rail-less solution come from not having rails. I know, I really blew the cover off that one, but it’s worth understanding those benefits: Rail-less products are compact, easy to handle and cheaper to ship.

“A rail-less system provides the suppliers the opportunity to cut manufacturing and shipping costs, and the installers are limiting time on the roof with fewer components to handle and install,” SunModo noted.
Milton Nogueira, business development manager with Roof Tech, notes that it is easier to handle any increments of PV modules, which also opens up more possibilities such as any pitched roof top with asphalt roofing, roofs with less space or roofs with lots of obstacles.

Rail-less mounting can be much quicker, but installers must know what they are doing as there can be a steeper learning curve.

Rail-less is also good for mounting in landscape, but less ideal for portrait orientation, says SunModo. Xie recommends avoiding rail-less on crooked roofs, higher wind areas and tile roofs. Nogueira says he would avoid discrepant roof surfaces with variations over 1 in. You’ll always want to consider the extra attachment points you are adding — the more attachment points, the lower the point load and the less impact on the attachment due to thermal contraction and expansion.

 

System Profiles: Residential Rooftop

SunModo Sundock Rail-free anchor system

SunModo Sundock Rail-free anchor systemThe SUNDOCK Rail-free system offers universal end and mid clamps, which reduce inventory, and allows for snapping in the downslope panel edge as installers work their way up the roof. This means no more reaching over modules to tighten the mid clamps. Finally, the system offers post-module assembly leveling for height adjustments after the modules are installed.

  • Material: Aluminum and stainless steel
  • Flashing included? Yes
  • Certifications: UL 2703 (Pending)
  • Warranty: 20-year

Roof Tech’s E Mount AIR (Gen II)

Roof Tech’s E Mount AIR (Gen II)The E Mount AIR Gen II, has improved features from its predecessor such as IBC 2015 and IRC 2015 compliance, increased warranty terms, fewer parts count, preassembled clamp kit, higher level of adjustability, PE stamped letters and an integrated flashing system. They are fastened with wood screws for direct deck attachment. Roof Tech systems are 100 percent weatherproof certified by the International Code Council Evaluation Services for durability and water resistance and can be installed in about half the time when compared to a conventional lag/rail system, according to the company.

  • Material: Anodized aluminum
  • Flashing included? Yes
  • Certifications: UL 2703, ASTM 2140, ICC ESR-3575
  • Warranty: 20-year

PV Racking’s PV Stealth

PV Racking’s PV StealthPV Stealth is designed with ease and flexibility in mind. Its “clamp-free” design allows for a faster installation of panels, fewer parts and vertical and horizontal adjustability. The big pitch from PV Racking is to remove clamps from the equation and simply lay your panels into place.

  • Material: 6000 series aluminum
  • Flashing included? Optional
  • Certifications: CSA UL 2703
  • Warranty: 15-year

Everest’s CrossRail Shared Rail System

Everest’s CrossRail Shared Rail SystemCrossRail Shared Rail uses fewer rail resulting in fewer roof attachments. This means you can save money on labor, material and reduce time on the roof. To simplify installation, its Slider Kit provides North-South adjustability for easy module alignment. In addition, its structural Rail Connectors allows for safe and quick preassembly of rails on the ground. As an integrated grounding system, CrossRail Shared Rail only requires one lug per sub-array.

  • Material: Aluminum, stainlesssteel hardware
  • Flashing included? With EverFlash Kits
  • Certifications: UL listed
  • Warranty: 12-year

Solar Speedrack’s HRS160 Hybrid Racking System

Solar Speedrack’s HRS160 Hybrid Racking System The HRS160 Hybrid Racking design allows the installer to mount the rails in standard or shared rail configurations. This paired with its Solar SpeedFoot, a non-penetrating solar roof mount, yields increased savings on solar installations. The Solar SpeedRack focus is fewer roof penetrations and reduced components for faster install times.

  • Material: Various materials
  • Flashing included? Optional
  • Certifications: UL 2703, UL 1703, PE Certified
  • Warranty: 20-year limited

MageMount Rail-less Solar Mounting System

MageMount Rail-less Solar Mounting SystemThis system has separate components for module connections and roof attachments. The roof attachment solutions cover all roof types including composition shingle roof, tile roof, stone-coated steel tile roof, etc. All mounting components, including roof attachments, are self-bonded and grounded with one grounding lug. The system is flexible, making it easy to adjust the roof attachments’ lateral position and module height.

  • Material: Aluminum alloy, stainless steel
  • Flashing included? Yes
  • Certifications: UL 2703 and Class A Fire Rating
  • Warranty: 25-year limited

— Solar Builder magazine

Clamps of Approval: Here’s what to look for when selecting PV clamps

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Photo courtesy of AceClamp

The following advice was sent our way via Civic Solar. Check them out here.

Clamps, the racking component used to fasten and ground modules to rails, are an integral component of a racking system. Knowing what to look for in a clamp is a great place to start when vetting racking solutions. Ideally, solar module clamps should be versatile, high quality, aesthetically pleasing and ultimately save you time on the roof.

Versatile solar module clamps are important because they allow for streamlined purchasing and ensure that you always have the right materials in stock. With framed modules ranging from 30 to 50 mm in height, a clamp that can accommodate any height means that you only have to worry about stocking one part, regardless of the modules that you install. With module prices dropping, this simplicity allows you to opportunistically shift your module purchasing without having to worry about changing the racking you stock. Going one step further, the most versatile clamps will be both module height agnostic and double as a mid and end clamp. Having both of these features reduces SKU count and increases simplicity.

Does it meet standards?

Quality of the clamp needs to be considered because racking systems are responsible for the structural integrity of solar systems that will be around for more than 20 years. Some factors to consider are code compliance and certifications, the amount and quality of testing that has been done and the warranty provided by the manufacturer.

A clamp needs to be UL 2703 Listed, which means it passes electrical, mechanical and fire testing. Be sure the clamp is UL Listed rather than just UL Classified or UL Recognized. UL Classified means it has only passed a portion of the required testing, and UL Recognized means that only a component of the racking system has passed a portion of the testing.

Warranty is important because it shows the level of confidence a manufacturer has in its product. The industry standard for a racking product warranty is 20 years.

Is it a looker?

Aesthetics of a clamp should be considered because sleek looking systems will increase the adoption of residential solar.

For a clamp, more attractive means having multiple finish options and a hidden end clamp. Matching the color of the clamp to the color of the module frame will give the system a cleaner look. A hidden end clamp eliminates protruding rails, helping rail-based systems rival the aesthetics of rail-less while remaining more cost effective.

Does it save you time?

Purchasing a clamp that is pre-assembled with a low part count and integrated grounding can save you tons of time. Now, almost all of the top racking brands have integrating grounding, where modules are bonded directly to the rail through teeth on the clamps that bite into the module’s anodized coating. This eliminates components, reduces cost and results in significant labor savings. Also, choosing a clamp that is able to stand alone in the rail channel will increase ease-of-install and turn a two person job into a one person job. Some brands accomplish this through single pre-assembled pieces that have a robust enough end to stand alone while others use spring loaded clamps. Another consideration is whether the mid clamp has a t-bolt or square bolt end. Square bolts need to be run through the rail prior to installation, whereas t-bolts can be inserted into the rail at any point.

Looking for these key features will ultimately save you time and money and allow for a smoother installation process.

Marisa Borelli is product manager for racking at Civic Solar.


System Profiles: Clamps

SunModoSunModo’s Universal Bonding Mid Clamp Kit

These Pre-Assembled Universal Mid Clamps have a unique T-Bolt locking feature that ensure the T-Bolt remains vertical and in full contact with the rail to eliminate pull out. The spring-loaded top clamp and open collar nut accommodates module frames from 31 to 50 mm. The added Loctite easily engages the T-Bolt from the top of the collar nut. The shared rail adaptor converts standard rail to shared rail to allow landscape mounting of PV panels on E-W rails.

How does it save time and cost?

The SunModo self-grounding system that includes the pre-assembled universal bonding clamp eliminates separate module grounding hardware and saves installation cost.

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Certifications: UL 2703
  • Warranty: 20-year structural, 5-year finish

S-5!


The PV Kit from S-5!

The S-5-PV Kit is one of the first solar module mounting solutions to be listed to the new UL subject 2703 that covers both bonding and mounting. The S-5-PV Kit fits two grab components. The universal PV grab attaches adjacent panels, while the EdgeGrab cleanly resolves end condition requirements. S-5! clamps do not penetrate the roofing system or affect the roofer’s warranty. Fits the majority of metal roofs, including exposed fastened and corrugated.

How does it save time and cost?

With the new S-5-PV Kit, the module is simply anchored with the kit and automatically provides a ground path in the module frame. No lugs or wire required except to connect one string of modules to another and to ground the system. This connection detail represents installed electrical cost savings of $6-$12 per unit.

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Certifications: UL and ASTM tested for use with extensive list of metal roofing manufacturers, profiles, materials and gauges.
  • Warranty: 25-year defect warranty (applies only when the S-5! product is properly installed, used and maintained).

AceClamp


AceClamp’s family of clamps

AceClamps are factory-assembled clamps with patented design features that allow strong connections to standing-seam roof panels without the use of set screws or any other loose parts that could damage the surface of the roof panel. Accessories include Solar Kits for securing PV solar panels; a Micro L-Foot to mount microinverters directly to the standing seam roof rib; and a custom designed L-Foot for attaching a racking system to the AceClamp when needed. AceClamp designs have been vibration tested during the development stage and incorporate special locking features to ensure that the bolts do not back out when subjected to vibratory loads from wind flutter and light seismic activity.

How does it save time and cost?

AceClamps and Solar-Kits are pre-assembled at the factory saving time at the jobsite. Four clamp styles fit the majority of the roof panels on the market, resulting in inventory cost savings. AceClamps install in less than half the time as most set-screw mounted clamps

  • Material: 6061-T6 aluminum and 303 stainless steel
  • Certifications: AceClamp ML and A2 UL Listed to 2703; AceClamp ML approved by Factory Mutual (4471) for wind uplift attachment. A2 and Solar-Kit tested to UL 467 Grounding.
  • Warranty: 20-year limited

EcoFasten


Ecofasten ASG-U Clamps

ASG-U clamps are efficient solar roof mount attachment options for any metal standing seam roof. Installation of the ASG-U clamps will not pierce the roofing material. ASG-U clamps are available in configurations for both vertical (double-lock) and horizontal (single lock) standing seams.

How does it save time and cost?

Two oval-point set screws are included as well as a hex-headed flange bolt for racking, making the ASG-U clamps not only fast and easy to install, but they will also maintain the integrity of your roof by not voiding roofing manufacturer’s warranties.

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— Solar Builder magazine

BriteStreet to be full stocking distributor of SunModo mounting systems

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SunModo Corp. announced the appointment of BriteStreet as its new full stocking distributor. Commenting on the new partnership, SunModo CEO Rick Campfield says:

“SunModo and BriteStreet have built a strong relationship over the past few years. With the increased brand recognition of both companies and the growth of the solar industry, the timing is right to strengthen the relationship. As SunModo’ full line stocking distributor, BriteStreet plays an integral role in getting our innovative solar mounting solutions to the markets we serve. We look forward to partnering with BriteStreet to expand and deepen our market presence.”

RELATED: 2016 Solar Mounting/Racking Guide: Product Showcase 

“BriteStreet is proud and excited to partner with an innovative company such as SunModo.” says Eric Hinckley, Chief Operations Officer & SVP for BriteStreet. “We have been using their components for years and find the product line to be of the utmost quality and designed with the ingenuity necessary to streamline the installation process.”

SunModo’s full line of products will be available at BriteStreet’s distribution center starting April 15.

— Solar Builder magazine

SPI Preview: Eight innovations for rooftop mounting at SPI

Advanced RackingAdvanced Racking (booth W1113) specializes in the design, manufacturing and sale of PV mounting systems for all types of roof tops and will be debuting a new solution at SPI — the Total Roof Platform (TRP) — that they say is the first system to standardize rooftop mounting hardware. TRP simplifies the ordering, installation and management of PV racking hardware and creates a mounting system designed to fit all types of roof tops — shingle, metal and flat. Installers will be able to use the same hardware on different types of roofs.

 

EcoFastenEcoFasten Solar (booth 3071) designs, engineers and manufactures solar roof mounts for all roof types and has something for every occasion it seems. The company’s entire product line, including the best-selling GreenFasten and the all new versions of the Rock-It System and Tile Flashing Systems, will be on display. EcoFasten’s product line uses a patented, watertight compression technology that’s relied on by the top installers in the country.

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

 

Everest SolarEverest Solar SystemsCrossRail Shared Rail (booth 2575) uses less rail resulting in fewer roof attachments. This means you can save money on labor, material and reduce time on the roof. To simplify installation, its Slide Bracket provides north-south adjustability for easy module alignment. In addition, the system’s structural rail connectors allow you to safely and quickly preassemble rails on the ground.

 

HeycoHeyco (booth 3211) recently introduced several new stainless steel clips for a variety of racking systems, including rail-less racking systems.  The SunRunner 90-degree Cable Clips are designed to mount at a 90-degree angle to the original SunRunner and can accommodate up to four .20 to .30-in. cables depending on the part number. Also new to Heyco is the SunRunner 2 Series, which is designed to hold microinverter cables .413 to .472-in. in diameter.

 

Quick Mount tileQuick Mount PV’s Tile Replacement Mount (booth 2527) provides a fast and easy way to install solar on tile roofs while protecting against water intrusion. Simply remove the tile and replace it with the Tile Replacement Mount. Works with all standard curved and flat tile roofs and all standard rail-based racking systems. Flashed at both the deck and top levels, the mount is fully engineered to meet code requirements and industry best practices.

 

RoofTech

Roof Tech Inc. (booth 769) made its name with Rail-less PV Mounting with Integrated Flexible Flashing (RT-Butyl) and is now introducing the option for third-party rail mounting to its self-flashing base. In some rail-less applications, a rail-based platform may be a complementary option to some challenging roofing surfaces. This option now allows the installers to combine the RT-[E] Mount with a conventional rail system that utilizes the same self-flashing base integrated with RT-Butyl. More on the RT-Butyl rubber.

 

 

 

 

SnakeTraySnake Tray (booth 930) is announcing a new stainless steel Ice Guard for solar panels that prevents injuries due to falling ice. The Snake Tray Ice Guard will easily mount to any type of solar panel manufactured and is a great safety solution for high pedestrian areas including parking lots, train stations and roofs where injuries could occur. More on Snake Tray.

 

 

 

SunModoThe Helio Rail Family has a new member, as SunModo (booth 1601) introduces the HR150 open profile rail system. SunModo’s HR150 system makes it easy to route PV electrical wires inside rail channels. Secured in seconds with channel clips and a splice kit, this quick and easy mounting solution removes the cost and hassle of cable ducts and ties.

 

— Solar Builder magazine

Intersolar 2016 Preview: Check out these products making their debut on the show floor

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Intersolar North America is one of the premier solar industry trade shows of the year. Whether it is your first time or your 25th time (somehow this is the 25th anniversary), the bigness of the event can be overwhelming. What to see? We have you covered. Here are some of the notable news announcements sent our way from exhibitors at this year’s show.

Intersolar? More like ‘Invertersolar’

A bunch of new and enhanced inverter and inverter + storage solutions will be on the Intersolar exhibit hall floor

pika energy inverterPika Energy’s Island connects right to high-voltage batteries

Using a 7.6-kW islanding inverter (X7601), the Pika Energy Island centralizes solar, storage, loads and the grid on a single smart bus that transmits power, control and data on the same wires to automate the flow of power. The inverter features an automated internal transfer switch, four integrated DC breakers and islands without the need for an external autotransformer. Best of all, it connects directly to high-voltage batteries without a separate battery interface. The X7601 generates split-phase 240VAC in grid-connect and islanding mode for residential applications, and it generates true three-phase 208VAC power for battery-based commercial applications.

Booth 8125 | www.pika-energy.com

Delta-Solar-Inverter_M60U-M80U

 

Delta debuts 80-kW, wall-mounted string inverter

Delta Americas is unveiling its new M80U PV inverter — the first wall-mount, 80-kW string inverter in the world, according to Delta. The M80U is a grid-tied, three-phase and transformerless inverter that converts DC output from a PV system into AC with 98.8 percent efficiency, allowing it to be seamlessly used by the electric grid and within buildings. The device’s all-in-one design integrates 16 strings with fuse protection as well as arc fault detection circuits. It includes built-in DC switches, AC and DC surge protection devices and two MPP trackers.
Booth 8712 | www.delta-america.com

Check out the Fronius Rapid Shutdown Fronius multi rapid shutdownBox-Multi

Fronius is giving an in-depth look at its new Fronius Rapid Shutdown Box-Multi version. This new product started shipping in May and is a larger version of the previously released Rapid Shutdown Box-Single. These boxes eliminate the need for external power supplies, any additional ground-level hardware and any extra conduit since it is directly connected to the inverter through the same DC conduit as the DC homeruns. The rapid shutdown function is initiated whenever AC is not present. Once triggered, the DC lines are rapidly discharged by the Fronius SnapINverter.

Booth 8811 | www.fronius-usa.com

 

APsystems-YC500i-EnergyMaxAPsystems introduces the YC500i microinverter with EnergyMax

EnergyMax technology allows this new dual-module unit to produce 274 W peak output per side (548 W total), supporting today’s high-output PV modules. The YC500i microinverter features an integrated ground and builds on the same advanced, FPGA chip-based platform as the flagship YC500 model, a top seller worldwide. By combing the innovative YC500i with EnergyMax, the APsystems ArrayApp and up to $16,000 in rebates this summer, there’s never been a better time to try APsystems and find out why it’s the fastest growing microinverter supplier in the world.
Booth 8647 | www.APsystems.com

 

Storage takes the Spotlight

Save some of your own energy to check out these new solar + storage solutions

Outback-Flexpower-RadianOutBack Power’s full system on display

At the OutBack booth, check out your FLEX options. FLEXware ICS+ Integrated Combiner System meets the NEC compliance requirements for rapid shutdown and arc-fault capability in PV installations. It assures users of a UL-1741 listed system from rooftop to battery when used with other OutBack products.  The system is pre-configured to save installation time in the field and can be roof mounted under panels. The pre-assembled FLEXpower Radian is a series of five advanced systems that integrate matched energy storage with OutBack’s Radian inverter/chargers to make specifying and installing battery-based systems easier and more cost-effective. It is available in 4- to 8-kW versions.
Booth 8219 | www.outbackpower.com

 

Ideal-Power sundial bi directionalIdeal Power unveils bi-directional energy storage inverter

Ideal Power is officially releasing the SunDial, which the company says is the only commercial PV string inverter available with a field-upgradable, bi-directional energy storage port, making the system market ready today for solar + storage. The plug-and-play bi-directional DC port kit enables the SunDial to be installed today and easily upgraded for storage tomorrow. PV arrays may be true floating or grounded with SunDial, which adds a nice design flexibility to the equation. It is also easily paralleled and supports both on-grid and microgrid applications.
Booth 8017 | www.idealpower.com

 

 

Meet the fully integrated POWERSTATION 247 storage system

POWERSTATIONMaking its debut to the U.S. market at Intersolar, POWERSTATION 247 is a complete and fully integrated, turnkey, scalable solar energy usage and storage system with built-in battery storage. The system, for homes and small businesses, can be installed on and off grid and comes in three sizes, 5 kW, 10 kW or 15 kW;  all have the same battery storage capacity of 17,28 kWh. Its free standing cabinet is easy to install and use. The system integrates up to three hybrid inverters, solar MPP trackers, charge controller and lithium-iron batteries, software and all necessary field wiring terminals and disconnect switches. It is also the first fully integrated system that is UL certified with all components manufactured by only one company.
Booth 8221 | www.powerstation247.com

 

 

Tabuchi-system_LargeTabuchi America adds even more functionality to EIBS system

Tabuchi America will showcase its residential solar-plus-storage EIBS system with new functionalities that the company says gives unprecedented control over energy use. Tabuchi’s grid-friendly solution now has four flexible modes that optimize a customer’s solar investment by prioritizing their specific needs — from reducing costs and achieving self-sufficiency to ensuring reliable backup power. Tabuchi America’s total solution is utility-approved, comes with a 10-year warranty and helps homeowners save up to 55 percent on their energy bills.
Booth 8627 | www.tabuchiamerica.com

 

 

 

Installers, Mount Up

These mounting manufacturers have new solutions to save you time and money

PV-Racking-2PV Racking’s clamp-free system will save you time

Simply slide modules into the rails while standing firmly on the ground, not on ladders, says PV Racking. Its clamp-free ground mounting system will save time and money by eliminating the need to install clamps, move ladders and torque additional bolts, attributes that make for a safer system as well.  The company says two people are able to install approximately 30 kW in a single day.
Booth 9638 | www.pvracking.com

Quick Mount debuts Tile Replacement

Quick-Mount

Intersolar marks the debut of Quick Mount PV’s Tile Replacement Mount, which the company says provides a fast and easy way to install solar on tile roofs while protecting against water intrusion. Simply remove the tile and replace it with the Tile Replacement Mount. Works with all standard curved and flat tile roofs, and all standard rail-based racking systems. Flashed at both the deck and top levels, the mount is fully engineered to meet code requirements and industry best practices. The Tile Replacement Mount features Quick Mount PV’s patented Elevated Water Seal technology for optimal waterproofing.
Booth 9421 | www.quickmountpv.com

 

TerraSmartTerraSmart announces new TF2 racking system

TerraSmart’s TF2 is the next generation fixed-tilt ground-mount racking solution. The new TF2 racking system is based on the company’s widely deployed and versatile TerraSmart ground screw foundation. Leveraging the benefits of the proprietary ground screw foundation to work with any soil condition, TerraSmart focused on the installation process to ensure TF2 offered large efficiencies for in-field teams. TerraSmart’s installation machinery not only provides a more precisely installed foundation, its state-of-the-art surveying, rock drilling and installation equipment also removes project risks and increases installation velocity.
Booth 9411 | www.terrasmart.com

 

SolarFlexRackCheck out Solar FlexRack’s new Turnkey Tracker

Swing by Solar FlexRack on level 3, where its full product and services offerings will be on display. Its flagship Series G3-X fixed-tilt ground mount with self-squaring design for efficient module population will be featured, along with its TDP Turnkey Tracker, showing all the advanced design features of the tracking unit. Solar FlexRack’s field services team will be on hand to discuss its full suite of turnkey services that include: geotechnical services, layout, design, engineering, installation, commissioning and support. Also on display will be the revolutionary Series B Cast in Place ground mount. This ballasted racking solution is custom-designed for durability and ease of installation.
Booth 9311 | www.solarflexrack.com

 

Racking system training workshops

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and Intersolar selected exhibiting companies to offer in-depth technical training workshops at the conference. Attendees will earn two NABCEP CEUs for each two-hour workshop. These workshops keep you up to speed on the latest technologies and best practices for the design, installation and maintenance of code-compliant PV and storage systems.

 

IronRidge
Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room 3024

Anchor Products
Wednesday,12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Room 3024

Self-grounding-systemSunModo Corp. (featured)
Wednesday, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Room 3024

SunModo has a solution for every application, so choosing the best product and optimal configuration for each project is important. This session will investigate structural framing variations, roofing construction types and other design-engineering elements to make the right call. Additionally, there will be a project management view to see where value is sometimes lost or overlapped unnecessarily. This programmatic view is useful to operations that want to become more profitable, particularly in the commercial space where scaling is expected, yet accurate details are paramount to precise replication.

— Solar Builder magazine