Racking innovation of Solaracks
In solar PV industry, PV modules and inverters, get a lot of attention – modules can’t be blamed for being the most visible, shiny element of a solar installation. But racking are the behind the scene heroes that secure and tilt panels, while maximizing output and protecting wiring and other gear.
The hard-working racking below the PV panels is just as critical as the more active components, even though the cost of racking represents just a small portion of a total rooftop installation. According to the supply chain depending on wind and snow-loading measures.
It’s clear that solar racking systems are not all designed the same. While most racking systems contain mounts or feet, aluminum rails, clamps, and ballast for non-penetrating commercial installations – there is still a spectacularly wide range of innovative racking approaches, all with their own strengths and weaknesses.
The vendor landscape is fragmented as is the application space – divided into rail-based and rail-less systems for residential roofs. Each roof type – trapezoidal metal sheet, standing seam metal sheet, tile roofs, composition shingle and low-slope ballasted applications requires specialized racking.
This has resulted in a crowded market with a long tail of small racking companies. This fragmented racking market has long been a difficult choice for EPC compaines.
Flat or low-slope commercial roof customers are best served with non-penetrating, ballasted mounting systems – and these come in a variety of innovative form factors.
A good example of the innovation happening in the commercial racking market is the Duck system from Solarakcs. Solaracks’ “flat roof Duck supports can be fully ballasted, fully anchored, or a hybrid optimized for the site. The system can eliminate hundreds of pounds of required ballast weight and achieve configurations as light as three pounds per square foot, according to the company.
“Weight and wind. The way we solve those is keeping things as low to the roof deck as possible,” said Jin Huang. “These small supports end up keeping those wind loads and weight as low as possible and ultimately transfers lower loads onto the building structure.”
As competition continues, cost down also a hot trend, with material and labor cost rising, mounting system manufacturer Solaracks has been trying to optimize mounting rail for larger span between attachments, so to minimize driling. This will also lower costs, installation time, and the risk of roof leaks.
And developers feedback Solaracks to have more ecnomic mounting solutions such as rail-less mounting, #Surf on metal sheet roof and #Duck for flat roof are both rail-less, saves big cost.
A big point for EPC companies is hassle-free, to support customer Solaracks recently developed stainless steel cable clip for 4 wires to help install more organized.
There is one project needs a hanger bolt for steel purlin, Solaracks changed the tip of the hanger bolt to be self-tapping for easy penetration.
Some EPC companies even prefer Solaracks to make drawings of the walkway, buy for them fiber-reinforced glass and aluminum walkway grating.
“By continuously finishing the job since 2012, working through any issues that arise through projects’ success, this is the way we earn trust. Trust is a very comprehensive word, customers also care much about your integrity, capability, commitment to what you provide. Solaracks provides SUPPORT.” Said Jin Huang. If you are a purchaser of solar developer, EPC, installer, facing issues with the solar mounting supplier, try Solaracks at [email protected] , +86 592 5650385.