Rooftop mounting systems showcased their evolution at Intersolar NA 2023

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Last year’s solar industry trade fair revealed that nearly all major single-axis tracker manufacturers had solved the problem of installing solar racks on uneven terrain. At this year’s Intersolar North America, it’s clear that the sloped roof mounts are trending towards pre-applied adhesives like butyl. This follows a radical shift to smaller, top-mounted attachments that initially worked only on the rafters and now feature multiple drill points for mounting to the roof deck.

Many mounting companies have their own version of the attachment using a peel and stick adhesive, but there are many new features in some of the smallest components found in residential solar construction. This is what I saw on Intersolar.

SnapNrack top speed

As mentioned earlier, many small residential mounts have the option of mounting to roof rafters or decks.for top speedWith SnapNrack’s new mount, the deck is where you mount it. Another different feature is that TopSpeed ​​latches onto the panel before it reaches the roof. There are two mounts attached to the panel. The first row of panels is aligned and glued to the 4 1/2″ TopSpeed. At each mount a bolt is drilled into the deck and an arm protruding from the opposite side of the attachment aligns the next row of panels.

TopSpeed ​​Solar Roof Mount from SnapNrack.

Z-Rack for SolarPods

Ballasts are a popular mounting solution for commercial rooftop and ground-mounted projects where through foundations are prohibited. next, Z rack SolarPod is a ballast rack structure that can be installed on the roof of a house. Instead of using concrete blocks or other heavy footers, the Z-Rack attaches to the top of a sloping roof and uses the weight of the solar panels and the rack itself to stay in place without drilling mounting holes. increase. No-penetration racking is wind tunnel tested at speeds up to 170 mph.

A solar rack installed on a table covered with a branded tablecloth.

Z-Rack for SolarPods

Pegasus Solar tilt legs

It is often necessary to cut rails in residential photovoltaic projects to meet the design parameters of the system. That extra rail usually ends up in the trash, pegasus solar We devised a new attachment that turns the scrap into a prop. A tilt leg is a pre-assembled mount that connects to the end of a scrap rail. Installed on a flat roof, the panel angle can be adjusted from 0 to 35°.

The disjointed solar rails and mounts are placed on a table next to one assembled solar array.

Pegasus Solar tilt legs

IronRidge’s Halo UltraGrip

I had to include one of those mounts here that uses pre-applied adhesive. iron ridge debuted the Halo UltraGrip (HUG) at Intersolar. Unlike other mounts on the show floor this year, HUG combines foam padding with mastic adhesive instead of using butyl. The purpose of combining these two materials is to mold them to the contours of asphalt shingles, especially those with large protruding deposits.

Two solar mounts with adhesive bottoms and paper backing sit on a table.

IronRidge’s Halo UltraGrip

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