Supporting the structural side of commercial solar

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Years later, there is still uncertainty surrounding the solar power supply chain. There will likely still be modules moored at shipping ports, and despite incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act to expand the domestic market for solar panels, it will still take some time to experience it. is not necessarily the case with solar racks and mounts. Unilacis a manufacturer with over 20 years of experience in the solar construction field and is ready to tackle commercial solar projects in 2023. Ted Bleecker, Unirac’s Director of Commercial Business Development, and Brandon Carrasco, his Director of Customer Solutions, will be on board. We will discuss the company’s plans for next year.

Below are excerpts from Unirac’s Solar Spotlight podcast. solar power worldbut listen to the full episode here or on your favorite podcast app.

What changes does Unilac see in the materials market with the enactment of the Inflation Control Act and how does Unilac support the industry?

Brandon Carrasco

B.C.: I think we are very excited to see this IRA bill. First of all, there are a lot of tailwinds in the industry. This is nothing but good for us, not just for us, but for our partners, our customers and the environment in general. But what we do is we have a diverse supply chain. So as our customers continue to look for options on how they can be compliant, a big question for us as a manufacturer is can we meet the US material requirements. So it’s not necessarily true for everyone on every project. However, with our diverse supply chain, we have a broad base of US supplies, materials, and manufacturing. And that basically allows us to meet in all the segments we’re working on: residential, flat roof, ground.

What structural changes are you seeing in the C&I market?

tuberculosis: I believe the developer is actively involved in engineering, sourcing, and building the portfolio. So we can see that we are playing a more active role in the market together with our development partners. EPCs are getting smarter. Looking back 10 years ago, it was a bit of a “cowboy” to put a project on the roof. Our approach is now very granular, with point loads, dead loads and applied loads. There are many factors that affect the envelope of a building, especially the roof structure. So it’s very exciting to be part of a great company like Unirac, which has an engineering team with a back office in India to support us. We are currently operating 24/7.

What impact have Large Format modules had on rack engineering and design?

B.C.: First of all, I think racking manufacturers have to keep up with the ever-increasing number of modules. Let’s say it’s a ballast system that we and others in the industry need to expand the wind deflectors and ballast trays to meet the new size range of some modules out there. Wind tunnel testing is also affected, and models that may have been tested 6, 7, 8 years ago are no longer valid for the size of the model. They have gone beyond the scope of that valid model. So for Unirac, some new his SKUs, some new components to be able to handle larger format modules, additional testing and some updates to the wind tunnel testing that we did means

How is Unirac different from other rack companies?

Ted Bleecker

tuberculosis: Unirac’s investment in human capital is unmatched in the industry. We are constantly working to build the best employee base to provide the best customer experience. That’s our goal. We take great care in supporting our human representatives and customer base, from engineering to product support to installation support. Next is product development. If you look at all your competitors, none are innovating as fast as Unirac. This ranges from single roofs to metal roofs to residential attachments such as butyl attachments to multiple flat roof his solutions.We are now looking at the benefits of both sides with us RM10 The system combined with the RM10 Evo is UL 3741 tested with every rack on the market.

What advice would you give to companies looking to enter the C&I, EPC, or developer markets?

tuberculosis: Well, it’s easy, partner with Unilac. We have the best team on the market to support you. I’m joking a bit, but seriously, we have the ability to support you from early stage production reports to very intensive permit design preparation documentation. Products to support installations wherever you are. and offers on-site support for installations in any market nationwide.

B.C.: This partnership is very important. Especially if someone is stepping into his C&I field.

This podcast is sponsored by Unirac

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