Solar Mounting Articles

  • The best-kept secret in solar racking: shared-rail systems

    While much has been written recently about rail-less racking systems as the wave of the future, we can’t find much on shared-rail systems. It is true that rail-less represents a significant improvement over the mid- and end-clamp systems currently on the market, however, it seems that shared rail systems have most (if not all) of the advantages claimed by the rail-less systems without many ...


    By Solar SpeedRack Inc.

  • Manchester Michigan Solar Installation Case Study

    Project Overview: Patriot Worked with Oak Electric to design a post driven ground mount array to work well with the sloped terrain and maintain low visibility. The array consisted of 62, 327W modules and will provide both grid tie net metering and a battery back up system for the residential customer. Patriot met with Oak Electric at the site location to plan out the exact location and ultimately ...


    By Patriot Solar Group

  • North Carolina Solar Installation Case Study

    Project Overview Patriot Solar Group (PSG) began working on initial racking designs during Summer of 2011.  At that time, the site was still yet to be cleared, but early soil testings confirmed that a driven post design would be suitable for the site conditions. PSG’s sales and engineering team worked closely with project engineers to ensure the racking design ...


    By Patriot Solar Group

  • Fairhaven Solar Installation Case Study

    Project Overview Dynamic and Patriot have been working together since 2012 on number of ground mount projects, both post driven and ballasted. Fairhaven Landfill emerged onto the radar in October 2012, with a year-end deadline rapidly approaching. During that same time period, Patriot’s installation crew was deployed in central Massachussets, halfway through ...


    By Patriot Solar Group

  • Marysville Solar Installation Case Study

    Project Overview Nova Consultants and Patriot’s engineering team began working together on the St. Clair RESA project in the Spring of 2013. The 514 kW array is one of a 12 MW portfolio for the midwest electric utility, DTE Electric Company. Although site soil conditions were suitable for driven pier foundations, a ballasted racking design was chosen because of the ...


    By Patriot Solar Group

  • Maynard Landfill Solar Installation Case Study

    Since 2012, Martifer has retained the services of Patriot Solar Group on more than 5 MW of ground mount projects throughout the state of Massachusetts. For their high quality product, ease of collaboration, and their professional capabilities, Martifer Solar USA highly recommends Patriot Solar Group as a leading racking partner. Project Overview Patriot Solar Group (PSG) ...


    By Patriot Solar Group

  • Bath Michigan Solar Installation Case Study

    Project Overview Patriot worked with Peninsula Solar to design a racking system that would work with limited space and not penetrate the ground surface. The ground mount array utilized a non-penetrating ballasted design to work with the existing terrain on top of an underground house. To save space in the yard, the North row utilized a longer post to allow closer ...


    By Patriot Solar Group

  • Children’s Museum San Diego San Diego, California

    “Kyocera’s photovoltaic system is one of the cornerstones of our environmentally sustainable facility, allowing The New Children’s Museum to live up to its promise as a green Museum for children and families.” Rachel Teagle, Executive Director of Children’s Museum San Diego Unique Feature: In addition to solar, other sustainable design elements include ...


  • Frito-Lay, Arizona Service Center Phoenix, Arizona

    “Frito-Lay's use of PV power systems on their facilities demonstrates solar power is a viable means to meet the energy resources needed to run a large-scale business while addressing environmental issues.” Sean Seitz, American Solar Electric, Inc. Unique Feature: Real-time monitoring on the internet with SMA Web Box. Unique Fact: The Largest ...


    By Kyocera Solar, Inc.

  • Solar PV Carousel Trackers for Building Flat Rooftops

    ABSTRACT Herein, a SunTrack Carousel tracker is described for mounting on residential or commercial building flat rooftops in order to produce more k\Vh per kW relative to fixed PV modules. The JX Crystals (JXC) fixed-tilt / azimuth carousel is a low profile tracker designed to distribute weight evenly over a large area and for low wind resistance on the roof. Multiple JXC SunTrack Carousels ...


    By JX Crystals

  • Bankable Data and Interoperability Standards

    Solar generation looks to be a promising energy sector for the future. However, prior to fully embracing solar production utility companies, independent power producers and developers are confronting several critical concerns regarding the reliability and economy of this technology that will shape the stability of widespread solar deployment. Decisions influencing investors will be based on ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Float Realty Trust – Falmouth, MA - Case Study

    At an office/industrial park on Cape Cod, owners wanted to explore potential savings from rooftop photovoltaic electricity in a single-story industrial facility. In two of the facility’s buildings, people work daily designing and manufacturing scientific instruments for oceanographic research and monitoring of climate change. As a research institution, one of the main drivers for the ...

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Calverton, NY - Case Study

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sought to build renewable energy at public facilities to reduce operating expenses and be more self-reliant. Boreal evaluated locations, recommended appropriate technologies to address energy demand, costs and aesthetic concerns. For Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island, the visitor center and public-area lighting is delivered by a 92-kW photovoltaic ...

  • Fate and transport evaluation of potential leaching risks from cadmium telluride photovoltaics

    Fate and transport analysis has been performed to evaluate potential exposures to cadmium (Cd) from cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaics (PV) for rainwater leaching from broken modules in a commercial building scenario. Leaching from broken modules is modeled using the worst‐case scenario of total release of Cd, and residential screening levels are used to evaluate potential health impacts to ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The Water-Energy Nexus

    Different types of electricity generation require differing amounts of water. Except for photovoltaic solar and wind power, which require no water to produce energy. However there is a substantial water requirement for all forms of electricity generation in making the raw materials and constructing and maintaining the plant. Thus although wind-power has a very low water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Interactive Resources Wins National Renewable Energy Laboratory Contract for Roof Structural Assessments for Installation of Solar Photovoltaic Arrays

    Richmond CA, October 19, 2010   – Richmond architecture and engineering firm Interactive Resources was recently awarded a contract by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to provide solar feasibility studies for 24 California K-12 school buildings in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Sequoia Foundation ...


    By Interactive Resources

  • Building integration of 30 kWp photovoltaic system at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

    A Building Integrated Photovoltaic Power System of 30 kWp was recently installed at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania. It is the first grid-connected and largest PV system of the country. With this opportunity, an innovative non-penetrating system that uses the modules and mounting hardware as ballast was designed and implemented. Personnel with no previous experience with the roof PV ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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