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What is the Most Cost-Effective and Best Way to Install Solar Panels on Metal Roofs?

Posted by Mark Gies on Nov 21, 2019 12:02:09 PM

Being the experts on all things metal roof and metal roof attachments, we are often asked by solar developers and installers what is the most cost-effective way to install solar panels on metal roofs. There are multiple options when putting solar on a metal roof, and each come with pros and cons that can impact installation costs and lifetime performance.

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Tags: solar mounting, PV, cost, installation

S-5!® Featured Product at IRE 2019 - S-5-N Clamp

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 16, 2019 2:20:34 PM

 

In our booth at IRE Nashville this year, we showcased our usual innovative selection of clamps and brackets. But we also featured a new product: the new and improved S-5-N clamp is an innovative attachment solution that cures your nail strip profile seating issues.

The clamp features an insert to facilitate installation and fit. it also fits seam profiles having a base of rib dimension < .82". 

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Tags: solar mounting, PV

What is UL Listed?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 21, 2019 8:33:31 AM

 

UL, an abbreviation for Underwriters Laboratories, is a testing and approving organization. Founded in 1894, UL performs safety testing on numerous electrical, mechanical, and chemical consumer and commercial products. Its roots began in electrical and fire safety, but UL now serves other industries and tests hazardous substances, water quality, food safety, and more.

You seem to see it everywhere – that red, black, or white circle with the capital “U” and “L” letters inside. It shows up on various products in our homes and workplaces. You rightly assume that it is important: When something has the UL stamp, it means it has been properly designed and engineered for its specific use. A UL listed mark on a product demonstrates it has been vigorously tested to meet safety specifications determined from the potential and probable hazards of the product. It means the product can be depended on to perform its purpose when needed the most.

 

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Tags: metal roof clamps, solar mounting, PV

How Do Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels Work?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jan 23, 2019 10:22:15 AM

Photovoltaics (PV) is the process of converting light into electricity. PV technology converts sunlight (otherwise known as solar radiation) into direct current electricity. This process uses semiconductors, (the most common semiconductor material being crystalline silicon), so when the sun hits the PV, the electrons are released and form an electric current.  Photovoltaic technology is commonly attached to a panel; and these solar panels are connected to one another and mounted onto a frame. This PV assembly is called a module and you can wire these modules together into an array. Rays of sunlight (photons) are absorbed by the solar panels. This power then gets converted into Alternating Current (AC) to be used in the house - or sold back to the centralized city grid.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, PV, rail mounted solar panels

What is the Best Way to Mount Solar on an Exposed-Fastener Metal Roof? - Best Practices

Posted by Rob Haddock on Mar 8, 2018 1:48:02 PM


Upon reading the Solar Power World article Metal Roofs are No Problem for Solar Installations, my reaction was, "Well, I suppose that is true—if (and only if) it is done 'the right way.'" There are so many materials, profiles, gauges, metallurgies and corrosion behaviors to consider; not to mention effective waterproofing methods, sealant chemistries, thermal cycling characteristics, weathering behaviors, strength of materials, structural engineering principals and relevant test methods. It is anything but a simple science! 

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Tags: solar mounting, metal roof brackets, PV

Cost Savings Best Practices for Solar Mounting on Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Posted by Dustin Haddock on Aug 24, 2017 1:24:58 PM

Best design and installation practices when using seam clamps to structurally attach PV systems to standing seam metal roofs

Standing seam metal roofing (SSMR) is the most convenient of any roof type for mounting PV modules, either crystalline or thin-film. The seams of SSMR are beam-like elements that not only add stiffness and flexural strength to the roof panels, but also provide expedient attachment points for a PV system. Joining PV modules to this roof type can be done with or without continuous mounting rails using aluminum seam clamps.

Seam Clamps and Mechanical Compression

These clamps anchor to the roof seam by pinching it within the clamp body with round point set-screws that are in no way invasive to the roof. The setscrew forces the metal of the standing seam into a recess in the opposing clamp wall, permanently deforming it in order to establish a mechanical interlock. The clamp body is machined with threaded holes to facilitate anchorage of PV modules or racking components to the clamp.

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Tags: PV, rail mounted solar panels, cost

   

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