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Best Practices in Solar PV Wire Management for the Skilled Installer Blog Feature

Best Practices in Solar PV Wire Management for the Skilled Installer

Posted by Kelli Fields on Sep 16, 2021 10:30:09 AM

One of the most important aspects of any solar PV installation on a metal roof is wire management, but even seasoned professionals can find this task confusing. There’s a myriad of things to track. You need to position the conductors so they correctly connect as modules are installed, keep all wires off the roof, deliver jumpers to the homerun and down to the inverter, and stay organized. If you have a large-scale job, this process becomes increasingly complex.

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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, PV, rail mounted solar panels, exposed fastened, installation

Build a Smart Foundation for Wire Management Using Rail or Rail-less Solar PV on Your Metal Roof Blog Feature

Build a Smart Foundation for Wire Management Using Rail or Rail-less Solar PV on Your Metal Roof

Posted by Kelli Fields on Sep 1, 2021 11:51:32 AM

Are you new to installing solar PV modules on a metal roof? We’ve heard from many of you who’d like a better grasp on the fundamentals of solar PV installation – especially when setting the stage for proper wire management. So today we’re offering you a primer on:

  • The components of a PV array and how they work together.
  • An overview of Module-Level Power Electronics (MLPE).
  • The steps to get ready for solar PV wire-management design.
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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, PV, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment, cost

5 Reasons Rail-less Is the Future of Metal Rooftop Solar Mounting Blog Feature

5 Reasons Rail-less Is the Future of Metal Rooftop Solar Mounting

Posted by Kelli Fields on Jul 21, 2021 11:48:21 AM

When it comes to attaching solar modules to metal rooftops, traditional rails have been a conventional choice. But familiar concepts don’t necessarily deliver the best outcomes, and the advantages of rail-less solutions are moving the industry in a new direction.

Decades ago – when interest in mounting solar PV on rooftops began – the introduction of using continuous aluminum rails as a solar racking system to mount PV modules in place was a practical application for all roof types. Eventually, innovation opened new doors and rail-less solutions were developed specifically for metal roofing. Using discrete hardware to directly secure each module to a metal roof, the new strategy completely bypassed the need for rails and brought some clear improvements.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, PV, rail mounted solar panels, cost, installation

Rail vs. Rail-less: Which Is the Best Solar Mounting Platform for Your Roof? Blog Feature

Rail vs. Rail-less: Which Is the Best Solar Mounting Platform for Your Roof?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Jul 7, 2021 1:30:38 PM

If you’re thinking of putting solar PV on your metal roof to generate renewable energy and save money over time, you’ve made a great choice. Metal roofs are an ideal platform for mounting solar modules thanks to their long service life and durability. Solar arrays have a service life of 35+ years, and metal roofing has a demonstrated service life of 60 years. Aside from metal, there are no other roof types that measure up to that without requiring replacement. Both standing seam and exposed-fastened metal roofs support solar arrays very effectively.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, cost, installation

S-5! Offers FREE Metal Roofing Webinars

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 13, 2020 3:26:16 PM

Whether you are an installer, contractor, architect, engineer, consultant or distributor, the diversity of our educational webinars offers multiple opportunities to expand your knowledge base. These FREE online courses offer practical application of all things mounted to metal roofs from solar and snow guards to utilities like HVAC, satellite communications, roof service walkways and, wind reinforcements. (To see the complete list of courses offered, click here).

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, webinar

Should I Use Micro Rails to Install Solar on Exposed-Fasten Metal Roofs?

Posted by Jesse Winternitz on Mar 9, 2020 2:15:51 PM

Micro rails are a relatively common way of attaching a solar array to exposed-fastened metal roofs. This method uses small rail sections in specific areas as needed along the roof – reducing the total length of rails. They have benefits which make them desirable to contractors and installers alike. They provide material and shipping cost savings to the customer when compared to rail systems. In addition, they are small, which allows them to be handled easily onto roofs. They are forgiving with spacing allowing for minimal or customizable walk spaces. Additionally, micro rails can be installed with just a couple of fasteners - potentially cutting installation times compared to rails.

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Tags: solar mounting, PV, exposed fastened

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

How to Install Solar Panels on a Metal Roof: 5 Things to Consider

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 15, 2019 8:54:50 PM

Did you know that your roof already comes with free rails? You can mount PV directly to the roof panels themselves - using the “direct-attach” method. Whether you are dealing with standing seam or ribbed, face-fastened panels, these metal roofs have one thing in common: They all have built-in rails. 

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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted solar panels, installation

5 Things to Consider When Wanting a Low-Cost Solar Module Mounting System

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Sep 24, 2019 12:05:44 PM

When it comes to sharing solar array costs, companies often shy away and dance around the question. They usually focus on the customization angle – telling you that prices vary, and that this is what makes estimation difficult.

Now, of course costs vary, because no two projects are the same but whether you are an installer, contractor, or a homeowner, you share two common questions:  

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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted solar panels, cost

Is the S-5-N the Right Clamp for Your Nail Strip Metal Roof?

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

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

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