Solar Roof Talk Episode 7- Wire management for rooftop PV arrays

Back from Solar Power International in Vegas, Jeff and Sue chat with guest speaker Nick Korth, product marketing manager of Renewable Energies for HellermannTyton, to discuss best practices of wire management for rooftop PV arrays. Nick is also host of the “Beyond the Planet” webinar series, which addresses topics such as how weather impacts PV systems.

This week’s topics include:

  • Edge clips vs straps (cable ties)
  • Trunk vs PV cable mgmnt
  • Managing large cable bundles
  • Conduit and roof transition boxes
  • Rail based VS Rail free
  • Metal vs plastic
  • Plastic cable tie life
  • Ratings Hours exposure
  • Codes and Standards language and requirements are modest and lacking in guidance
  • NEC 110.12 neat and workmanship like manner, NEC 300.4 protecting conductors, and NEC 334.3 bend radius
  • UL standards UL 2703 for racking systems, UL 1565 for wire clips, UL 62275 for wire ties
  • Clip Retention of wires, and clip Retention on frame
  • Looping ties through frames
  • Birds, squirrels, and critter management

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Solar Roof Talk Episode 5- Suniva Section 201 Trade Case

In this episode, Jeff and Sue continue to discuss their thoughts on the section 201 Suniva trade case and its impact on potentially doubling or tripling the cost of PV panels. This worrisome new trade case that accuses foreign module manufacturers of dumping solar cells and panels on the market and requests dramatic new tariffs on all imported PV cells and modules. Full list of topics include:

  • The timeline for the section 201 trade case hearings and requested penalties
  • Impact on solar installations and jobs
  • Module availability and possible shortages in the coming months
  • Actions solar professionals can take to voice their concerns

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Solar Roof Talk Episode 3! Rail-based vs Rail-free – Part 2

Quick Mount PV is proud to present Solar Roof Talk, a podcast series for rooftop solar installers and others in the solar industry. Hosted by solar industry veterans, Jeff Spies, Senior Director of Policy & Susan Stark, NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales Professional™ & Product Specialist.

In this episode, Jeff and Sue continue their discussion of the GTM Research report: U.S. PV Racking 2017: Landscape, Pricing and Forecasts and a comparison of rail-based vs rail-less pv mounting. Topics include:

  • Comparison of rail-based vs rail-less pv systems
  • Module-level electronic attachments
  • Residential and commercial racking and mounting markets
  • Surprise conclusions from the report

Listen to Part 1 here.

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Solar Roof Talk Episode 2! Rail-based vs Rail-free – Part 1

Quick Mount PV is proud to present Solar Roof Talk, a podcast series for rooftop solar installers and others in the solar industry. Hosted by solar industry veterans, Jeff Spies, Senior Director of Policy & Susan Stark, NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales Professional™ & Product Specialist.

In this episode, Jeff and Sue discuss the GTM Research report: U.S. PV Racking 2017: Landscape, Pricing and Forecasts and a comparison of rail-based vs rail-less pv mounting. Topics include:

  • Comparison of rail-based vs rail-less pv systems
  • Module-level electronic attachments
  • Residential and commercial racking and mounting markets
  • Surprise conclusions from the report

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Check Out Our New Podcast – Solar Roof Talk!

Quick Mount PV is proud to present Solar Roof Talk, a monthly podcast series for rooftop solar installers and others in the solar industry. Hosted by solar industry veterans, Jeff Spies, Senior Director of Policy & Susan Stark, NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales Professional&Product Specialist.

In this first episode, Jeff and Sue discuss key takeaways from the recent NABCEP CE Conference 2017 in Dallas and recap the following sessions:

  • Residential Roof Racking Systems – Rail vs Rail-less and Building Integrated PV Panel
  • Wiley Burndy Solar Solutions for Grounding, Bonding & Wire Management
  • SEI PV with Energy Storage for Residential Applications
  • Rapid Shutdown Requirements and Solutions Panel
  • UL 2703 – PV System Bonding/ Grounding and Fire Classification Panel
  • Calculating Payback in a Post NEM Market Panel

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Solar Speaks: Tile roof install advice from Quick Mount PV On SPW Podcast

In this Solar Speaks episode, Solar Power World chats with Jeff Spies, Quick Mount PV’s Sr. Director of Policy, about solar installations on tile roofs, including when solar installers should suggest new roof installs before putting in solar.

Where are tile roofs more prevalent? What are the different kinds of tile roofs? What happens when you break an individual tile? All these questions and more are answered, and we get a preview on what Quick Mount PV products are appropriate for tile roofs.

This podcast was sponsored by Quick Mount PV for Solar Power World’s Solar Speaks podcast.

Can Solar Shine in Coal Country?

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In a state where the political climate is dominated by a belief that there is a “war on coal,” the prospects for solar energy may seem dim. In the face of this political backdrop, a surprising story is unfolding on the ground. 

Though still in its infancy, a movement is afoot in West Virginia to adopt renewable energy, not in opposition to coal, but as a sensible augmentation to help the state sustain its proud tradition of powering America. This article, written by Ronald Fel Jones, spotlights two social enterprises leading the way in this grass-roots effort, Solar Holler and Coalfield Development Corporation.

Led by two native West Virginians, Dan Conant and Brandon Dennison, these innovative organizations are are making it possible for under-employed young men and women to gain technical expertise, earn AA college degrees, and acquire the life skills necessary to combat generational poverty and deeply ingrained hopelessness caused by the collapse of the coal industry.

The article is based on interviews with the three prime movers of this joint enterprise; three young coal-family men who have benefited from these efforts; an elected member of the West Virginia House of Delegates; two solar trainers who worked with both entities; and other stakeholders.

Their compelling story offers hope and encouragement for the citizens of West Virginia, and provides lessons for other coal-producing states on how to help workers in distressed communities gain new skills for new jobs.

Not only does their on-the-ground success suggest that renewable energy is “not as bad for West Virginia as the politicians keep telling us it is,” it demonstrates why West Virginians are well-suited to succeed in creating and sustaining a viable renewable energy industry in Appalachian coal country.

Read the full article here, and tell us what you think! You can also view the full article on medium.com.

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Vlog Series: Installing Wood Blocking

The second video in our vlog series is here! Today’s video is about installing wood blocking. Learn the best tips and tricks from our industry expert and Sr. Director of Policy, Jeff Spies!

As always, we’d love to hear from all of you about your experiences with challenging installations and how you ensured the project was a success. Or if you have a subject you’d like us to cover in this series, comment on the post and we’ll follow up with you. Hope you enjoy it!