Special guest Johan Alfsen – Quick Mount PV’s Director of Training – talks about the recently introduced QRail racking system and what makes it a compelling consideration for rooftop PV installations. Sue and Jeff also discuss the benefits of staggering roof attachments and how the new QDesign tool offers an industry first, allowing staggering of attachments with easy to interpret engineering documentation on loading considerations.
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
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.
Last week Las Vegas, Nevada hosted thousands of solar professionals from all over the globe to view the latest in products and services for the solar industry. The show floor appeared bigger than last year in Chicago, and attendance at the Quick Mount PV booth was very strong. There were a number of new integrated racking solutions on display in Las Vegas, but none received more attention than the Quick Rack rail free mounting system for shingle roofs. It was a hit with installers and designers alike. Every hour, the installers from Apex Solar made quick work of installing the 9 module PV system using Quick Rack mounts with integrated grounding. Everyone commented on the rapid installation and attractive finished appearance.
In other industry news, we were excited to see the B3 backfed main breaker from Q Factory 33. This breaker was promised to have it’s UL listing by January. If this device works as promised, it could reduce the need to upgrade the service panel in most cases saving $1000-$1500 per solar installation. Major industry buzz focused on the growth of solar powered battery systems. Numerous workshops and conference sessions addressed the coming wave of battery systems for grid tie backup systems, demand charge load shaving packages, and off grid. Several large industry players including LG and Enphase are planning introduction of home based battery systems. Think of it as a refrigerator sized uninterruptible power system that will keep your critical loads (refrigerator, lighting, computers) running for outages of a few hours to a few days. Another hot topic of discussion was the influence that utility companies are starting to have on solar installation and the growth of our industry through changing interconnection policies and net metering fees. Several utilities including APS in Arizona and Heco in Hawaii are even exploring the possibility of owning the rooftop solar systems on their customers homes and businesses. This development could have a major impact on the direction of the solar industry, so stay tuned.
Rapid shutdown is another challenge that installers are looking to resolve. SMA debuted their new rapid shutdown kit that is slated to work with the entire TL line of inverters, but there are still not many choices for rapid shutdown of string inverters causing more installers to consider micro inverters and maximizers.
Quick Mount PV’s Jeff Spies and Johan Alfsen both gave successful SEI training workshops on the show floor. Over 100 attendees came early on Wednesday to learn about calculating financial payback on a solar investment from Jeff Spies. This workshop proved quite popular and as a result, this content will be offered via Solar Energy International (SEI). We will also be adding this content to our own Successful Solar Business webinar, check out our website for the next scheduled webinar. Johan Alfsen also gave an SEI workshop on Racking & Mounting Best Practices on Thursday of the show to a large crowd.
Overall the event was a big success and everyone was looking forward to an even better SPI in Anaheim next year. we hope to see you all there!
We are getting excited for Solar Power International next week and wanted to share with you what we have in store! So stop by our booth (#1412) and say hello. What are you looking forward to checking out at the show? See you in Vegas!
Introducing Quick Rack, an innovative rail-free
mounting system that significantly increases speed and ease of solar installations. Quick Rack will be featured at our booth with live product presentations so stop by and learn more.
Quick Rack, featuring QRack™ technology, is an integrated roof mount and racking system, engineered to be robust and structurally sound. Quick Rack is fast and easy to install, with only a few components and minimal tools required. Quick Rack features integrated flashing and grounding, requiring only one ground lug for up to 300 contiguous modules.
Eliminating long rails significantly reduces material handling, installation time, and labor costs. The Quick Rack system also features our patented Elevated Water Seal. This ensures long-term water seal integrity and waterproofing for the life of the roof and solar array. Quick Rack also comes with design software, ensuring every solar array is accurately designed and code-compliant.
Quick Hook® Series
To better meet your needs in the tile market, we’re updating our Quick Hook product line to work with a broader range of tiles and mounting options. Quick Hook, featuring QHook® technology, is now designed for use with side-mounted or bottom-mounted rails. Multiple height options allow for use with a variety of tiles. Includes preformed flashing for code compliance. Updated hooks will be available in late November but we will have a special sneak peek at our booth at SPI. Current Quick Hooks products will continue to be available until then.
Quick Hook® SS/LS – For Side Mount Rails
Standard height & low height hooks for side-mounted rails. Preformed flashing and adjustable hook with 6″ base for simple, clean installation.
Available finishes: aluminum mill (A)
Quick Hook® SB/LB – For Bottom Mount Rails
Standard height & low height hooks for bottom-mounted rails. Preformed flashing and adjustable hook with 6″ base for simple, clean installation.
Available finishes: aluminum mill (A)
Download our tile product brochure for more information. (PDF 514KB)
Classic Composition & E-Mount Series
The Classic Comp Mount and E-Mount, featuring our patented QBlock® Elevated Water Seal technology, are now available with three attachment options: standard 6″ hanger bolt, extended 6.5″ hanger bolt, or lag screw.
We have doubled warranty coverage for our QBlock®, QBase® and QHook® line of solar roof mounts to 20 years. Effective Sept. 1, all solar mounts featuring the patented technologies QBlock, QBase and QHook, will be covered with a 20-year limited product warranty. Our engineering, ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing, and years of field experience means we can stand behind our products for decades.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. We look forward to seeing you next week in Las Vegas!