Ground-Mount Buyer’s Guide 2022: Trackers, fastened tilt

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Tough terrain. Sloping websites. Supply chain challenges. Designing and developing bigger scale, ground-mounted solar initiatives will get extra advanced every year. Luckily, ground-mount methods are as much as the duty. In our annual Ground-Mount Buyer’s Guide, we requested producers to inform us what’s new of their providing and for any up to date specs of their portfolio. What you’ll see is the market continues to push tolerances and accommodate PV developments, comparable to bigger format and bifacial modules. Many of those corporations are additionally far more than product producers, providing an array of engineering and turnkey building companies. Check out what’s new with the highest suppliers of within the area. Click the product to develop for more information!

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Terrasmart, the renewable energy portfolio of Gibraltar, is a number one supplier of solar racking applied sciences, electrical balance-of-system merchandise, set up companies, and mission optimization software program. Harnessing the mixed strengths, technical experience, and heritage of its 4 manufacturers, the brand new Terrasmart delivers a holistic mission expertise and best-in-class options throughout markets, offering main solar applied sciences and sensible options throughout the mission lifecycle to mitigate dangers and amplify returns for solar initiatives of any dimension, kind, and placement. Serving the business and utility sectors throughout North America, Terrasmart integrates merchandise and options throughout the PV lifecycle to attenuate dangers and maximize returns. With over 19 GWs of solar deployed throughout 4600 PV methods, Terrasmart creates distinctive worth for extra worthwhile solar on any terrain, wherever within the U.S.

What’s new in 2022?

In 2022, Terrasmart furthered its integration, harnessing the mixed strengths, technical experience, and heritage of its 4 legacy manufacturers. Terrasmart now provides its pushed pile and floor screw foundations throughout all of its floor mount merchandise.

Specialties

  • Utility-Scale floor mount: 20 – 300 MW
  • Single-Axis Tracker: 20 – 100 MW
  • Foundation agnostic options

Turnkey companies

  • Design & Engineering: A seasoned workforce of geotechnical, structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineers gives project-specific, value-engineered options that can streamline your subsequent floor mount mission expertise.
  • Turnkey Construction: Our full-service building workforce can carry all crucial elements of solar building in-house. One of essentially the most skilled discipline groups within the {industry}, specializing in skilled surveying, drilling, screw, racking and panel set up. With one of the crucial skilled discipline groups within the {industry}, we’ve priceless insights that enable us to beat challenges and streamline processes to make sure initiatives are accomplished on time
  • Surveying: Site topology & 3D mapping is offered through High Precision Aerial Site Mapping. Also, the primary of its form – our Autonomous Precision Survey Rover (APSR) triples the survey pace and accuracy in your subsequent website.  
  • Manufacturing:  Our a number of manufacturing amenities end in shorter lead instances and guarantee high quality, whereas additionally permitting for {custom} options.

Products

TerraTrak

Number of items: 16
Posts per row: Average of 9 or extra
Row lengths: Up to 94
Slope tolerances: Max Slope grade is 20% N/S and limitless E/W
Certifications: UL 3703, UL 2703 & IEC 62817

Design: Built powerful for elevated power, our sturdy mechanics guarantee dependable efficiency. Adaptable for any mission website from powerful terrain, sloping topography, and harsh climate circumstances. Our patent pending A-frame is appropriate with pushed piles and floor screws, giving us the pliability to decide on the fitting resolution on your website. PeakYield™ know-how and data-storing cloud can run predictive analytics to floor points that have been as soon as buried, whereas machine studying tells us when a row isn’t monitoring on its regular path. The admin panel permits us to troubleshoot websites shortly and remotely maximizing energy yield and considerably lowering working downtime. Our distinctive mixture of skilled engineering and set up groups provides us invaluable insights to design and construct smarter, conserving initiatives on time and on finances.

Advantages:
• Adaptable body and basis can accommodate frost prone soils, 20% N/S slopes, limitless E/W slopes, and eradicate 100% refusal threat
• Durable a-frame, torque tube, gear field, and self-locking {hardware} improve power and guarantee dependable efficiency in excessive climate
• PeakYield™ management know-how is a complicated efficiency monitoring and controls structure that optimizes your tracker’s efficiency, maximizing energy yield
• Real time information feeds the user-friendly dashboard so you possibly can at all times know the way your tracker is performing
• Remote entry permits for fast and simple updates and troubleshooting with out rolling a truck

GLIDE Agile Racking

Number of items: 7 Superstructure Beam Members (above the vertical leg)

Certifications: UL2703, Edition 1; CPP Wind Tunnel Tested

Installation: Our adjustable and sturdy body options much less {hardware}, built-in electrical bonding, and included wire administration leading to diminished labor hours. Installation instances are shortened by as much as 36% by simplified connections, agile elements, and seasoned discipline groups. Compatible with floor screws that can eradicate refusal threat, improve set up effectivity, and make initiatives extra predictable. With one of the crucial skilled discipline groups within the {industry}, we’ve priceless insights that enable us to beat challenges and streamline processes to make sure initiatives are accomplished on time.

Advantages: With a slope tolerance of 36%, our racking can accommodate excessive slopes and undulating terrain. Landscape orientation is bifacial appropriate to maximise potential bottom power yield. Durable mechanics can tolerate wind speeds as much as 170 mph and 100 PSF floor snow masses. Our seasoned discipline workforce prioritizes accuracy, security, and effectivity. Foundation session from an unbiased associate, primarily based in your distinctive mission website. No matter the terrain or climate, we’ll present the fitting resolution. Our versatile design allows quite a few configurations permitting us to fulfill your distinctive wants and convey solar to extra fields.

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Number of items: 7 (1 basis, 6 racking parts & bracket assemblies)
Certifications: UL2703, Wind Tunnel Tested

Installation: Engineered with flexibility in thoughts, the design incorporates steady rows to mitigate topographic adjustments and reduce the variety of foundations required. The system will be altered to a number of basis choices, with the bottom choice being pushed piers. Proprietary electrical bonding is built-in into the racking system, in addition to different options for wire administration. Pre-assembled elements scale back the variety of connections required to be made within the discipline, minimizing Installation time.

Advantages: The commonplace engineering of the system is designed to accommodate slopes as much as 15%. With a number of GW deployed throughout all 50 states, the system is sturdy and sturdy sufficient to accommodate the heavy snow masses within the Northeast, together with the excessive wind speeds of Hawaii. Our workforce {of professional} designers, licensed engineers, and devoted mission administration collaborates to make sure initiatives are delivered in an efficient method and in a position to function effectively. We design every system to website particular environments, serving to our companions to maximise the return worth on every alternative.

GLIDE Fuse

Number of items: 7 (2 foundations, 5 racking parts & bracket assemblies)
Certifications: UL2703, Wind Tunnel Tested

Installation: Designed with a low tilt and clearance, the twin basis design helps a better variety of PV modules per basis than commonplace fixed-tilt methods. The low clearance makes for simpler entry to assemble parts, all of which include one bolt dimension. Components are shipped to website pre-assembled, requiring much less hours for meeting within the discipline.

Advantages: For flat websites with low wind and snow masses, this method helps to maximise the PV output with a excessive floor protection ratio (GCR). The low tilt and low clearance of the construction reduces row spacing, permitting for extra PV modules to be deployed in a given space. The variety of racking parts can also be diminished, lowering the set up time required to assemble the construction. A proprietary design within the parts bonds the system, serving to make wire administration much less intrusive.

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AEROCOMPACT – based in 2014 – designs, engineers, and manufactures flat roof, floor mount, and steel roof solar mounting options. Its racking methods are compact, aerodynamic, and simple to put in. The firm prides itself on its capacity to offer clever racking options for essentially the most difficult website circumstances, e.g., with excessive wind/snow masses, or if required, a extremely distributed ballasted floor mount resolution for landfill or brownfield initiatives. Close to 2 GW of power put in with mounting methods from AEROCOMPACT.

What’s new in 2022?

AEROCOMPACT’s proprietary design software for all of its methods, AeroTOOL, was up to date to mirror the most recent wind tunnel checks and meets the most recent code necessities for a lot of modules. The turnaround time for initiatives is inside 48 hours. AEROCOMPACT helps clients of their allowing efforts to attenuate the comfortable mission prices and proceed to replace our merchandise to fulfill buyer demand.

Products

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Number of items: 5 (alternatively with a ballast tray or 18” floor screw)
Tools wanted: Universal drill bit & torque wrench (optionally available impression drill for floor screws)
Certifications: UL2703 (no geotechnical service required)

How does it set up: Three Easy Steps: Following our detailed plan, preinstall the clamps, measure the set up space and place brackets and connector brackets. Lay the modules and the ballast for the bottom or the bottom screws to the advisable sequence. (Optionally cable administration).

Advantages:

  • No ramming and no heavy equipment
  • Ground screws will be put in with a hand drill
  • No geotechnical service
  • Best floor cowl ratio out there
  • Fastest Ground mount set up
  • 1 MW per truckload

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Backed by many years of producing and engineering expertise, BCI Engineering’s Full Tilt fixed-tilt system have fewer elements, versatile module loading and fastening strategies, and manufacturer-direct pricing. All of Full Tilt’s parts are pre-galvanized, roll-formed shapes that bolt collectively.

Products

Full Tilt by BCI

Number of items: 6

Certifications: UL 2703

Installation: The pre-galvanized roll shaped sections are light-weight and will be dealt with by two installers. The rafter encompasses a pivot level close to the middle of gravity, permitting the construction and loading of the modules within the flat place. Piles are pushed with a pile driver, ideally a vibratory kind. The stability of the system will be put in by hand with a 2-to-4-person crew utilizing easy hand instruments, battery powered instruments pace up the meeting. Once the piles are pushed and the parts are correctly staged, a 20-module desk will be absolutely assembled in less-than one man-hour.

Advantages: The Full Tilt system has many price and labor saving options and one the installers gravitate in the direction of is the “Longhorn” panel rails that preserve the modules completely aligned for fast fastening. The assemblers needn’t waste time adjusting the modules, alignment is robotically good. Another massive benefit of the Full Tilt system is that it’s designed to be constructed within the flat place. This signifies that all parts will be assembled at a protected working top with out want for ladders or employees climbing the construction. After the construction is assembled and panels mounted, the entire construction is definitely and safely rotated to ultimate place.

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Gripple, a producer of time-saving merchandise for the civil and seismic markets, entered the solar market in 2021 with just a few tried and examined options to safe new and present ground-mounted solar arrays. All parts are made particularly for out of doors use with a life expectancy of 30+ years within the harshest circumstances. Gripple’s Solar Bracing Solutions will be simply retrofitted to any present system for any remedial work attributable to exterior forces, comparable to realigning misshapen posts or to cease tables tilting and buildings leaning.

What’s new in 2022?

Gripple debuted The CR-System vary that features light-weight above floor cable routing units which are in a position to maintain 1170 6mm2 of cables and have the potential to be stacked to extend capability. Manufactured from polycarbonate UV Stabilized corrosion-resistant materials, their free-air place can help at design stage to de-rate and scale back the CSA on cabling used, offering additional financial savings on mission prices against conventional trenching.

Products

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Material: All parts are made particularly for out of doors use with a life expectancy of 30+ years within the harshest circumstances. Gripple’s wire rope is coated with corrosion-resistant Zinc Aluminum and will be built-in as a part of the body with {custom} scorching dipped brackets or looped round present fixing factors. The inner gripping mechanism is made up from a sintered ceramic curler providing a superior power to various tension-only bracing methods with a load score of as much as 3,860 lbs.

Install:
The two-way locking gadget often known as a PV Dynamic Tensioner lets you set up a brace shortly and simply between two piles. Applying pre-tension utilizing a quick and distinctive tensioning software the PV Bracing Kit will make sure the body stays inflexible, eliminating misalignment that may happen because the body is put in. By bracing the primary bay of an array, the setting out of the continuing bays shall be less complicated, guaranteeing environment friendly use of supplies. The kits are quick, light-weight and are delivered in ready-to-use kits drastically bettering well being and security on-site.

Key characteristic: Kits are available in requested ‘oversized’ lengths to permit for better flexibility within the tolerance of body set up and assist a better number of mounting methods. To help the installer, the Dynamic Tensioner element is releasable permitting the product to be adjusted previous to tensioning.

Stockton, Calif.-based Mechatron Solar is a world business and industrial solar mission developer that manufactures distinctive, patented dual-axis photovoltaic trackers, every supporting 90 solar panels. The firm’s unusually high-yield trackers have the best energy density and the bottom floor footprint within the {industry}. Mechatron solar trackers embrace gearless azimuth trackers and gearless dual-axis trackers, that are designed to maximise efficiency with a decrease operations and upkeep price than different commercially out there monitoring methods. They have been efficiently examined beneath completely different local weather circumstances price buildings represent the most effective out there resolution for photovoltaic plant set up.

What’s new in 2022?

Mechatron was licensed beneath UL 3703 this yr and has a top-tier bankability evaluation almost full. The flagship tracker additionally encompasses a new digital steerage system, together with a brand new optionally available design with eight columns to accommodate giant format modules. The new M16KD agriculture mannequin options additional spacing between vertical panel stacks to allow extra gentle to achieve crops beneath the tracker, together with a brand new table-supported reflector choice to reinforce bifacial efficiency. The new M10KD residential mannequin encompasses a diminished desk dimension to assist 49 panels, to accommodate restricted area necessities.

Products

Mechatron-Tracker-Row

Posts per row: One bolstered concrete put up or pushed metal pile
Row size: Nine rows of 10 modules in panorama orientation; platform top 15 toes
Slope tolerances: Mounts in any terrain situation with just about no slope limitations.
Certifications: UL 3703

Design: How is it constructed and the way is it pushed: The distinctive, patented MK18D encompasses a gearless mechanism that eliminates the shear put on frequent with {industry} commonplace gear-driven trackers. The ball-bearing ring mechanism rotates the large 90-panel platform across the azimuth axis with very excessive accuracy, zero-backlash and a hydraulic double-brake design. There are three hydraulic drives for azimuth movement and one hydraulic drive for elevation; these use commonplace single 3-phase 277/480V 1.5A Wye or 1-phase 120/240V 3A motors. These drive mechanisms allow a movement vary of 360 levels throughout the azimuth axis with 1 diploma accuracy, and 0-60 levels alongside the zenith axis with 1 diploma accuracy. The tracker is designed to self-stow.

Advantages: As described above, the MK18D encompasses a gearless azimuth drive ring, a hydraulic double brake mechanism, zero backlash and a self-stow characteristic. As a results of the superior solar monitoring, the energy yield is 50% larger than a fixed-tilt floor mount and 20% larger than a single-axis tracker, the place all three designs use the identical quantity and sort of modules. Bifacial panels add a 13% energy increase, a number of proportion factors larger than single-axis and far larger than fixed-tilt designs, due to the 15-foot excessive panel desk that captures extra diffuse and direct reflection gentle than does the competitors.

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What’s new in 2022

OMCO Solar has launched its revolutionary Origin Bifacial Tracker. The open bottom design delivers excessive energy yield with uniform irradiance, guaranteeing wonderful long-term manufacturing. The foldable, pre-assembled module body and bearing present fast, simple set up. Combining design innovation with manufacturing unit direct manufacturing capabilities, this versatile 2-in-landscape tracker delivers efficiency and financial worth for patrons.

Turnkey companies

  • On-Site Pile Testing. OMCO can present clients with pile testing for his or her solar initiatives throughout the United States. This features a third social gathering stamped report that can be utilized for basis design and is an economical various to geotechnical experiences.
  • Engineering Design & Site Optimization. OMCO has an skilled engineering workforce that may present clients with stamped building drawings and calculation packages. We even have the flexibility to optimize a mission design to maximise the advantages of OMCO merchandise.
  • Single Point of Contact Contracting Model. OMCO gives quick and environment friendly supply of a accomplished racking resolution whereas minimizing transaction prices and building delays which are usually related to the standard multiple-contract technique. Our single level of contact contracting mannequin streamlines the method considerably for patrons.
  • Buy Direct from the Manufacturer. OMCO has 4 manufacturing amenities that present superior buyer assist from a educated and skilled workforce. This additionally signifies that OMCO can provide extremely aggressive pricing and diminished lead-times, which will be difficult for different suppliers.

Products

Moss Solar OMCO project

Posts per row: Dependent on soil circumstances, kind of posts and row size—common is 11 to 13 per row
Row lengths: While 96 modules per row is most typical, OMCO Solar can customise to accommodate as much as 112
Slope tolerances: Can accommodate a North-South slope of as much as 15%
Certifications: Several, together with UL3703 and ASCE7-10

Design: The OMCO Origin Bifacial Tracker is constructed of forged aluminum and galvanized metal with high-strength and self-lubricating Delrin. Its balanced design permits for extra correct focusing on and diminished energy consumption. The module body and bearing are manufacturing unit preassembled and shipped as single models for labor, time and price financial savings. The distinctive bearing adjusts to accommodate put up misalignment. Customers profit from extra bottom manufacturing with a tracker optimized for bifacial modules with a 2-in-landscape design. The tracker additionally consists of basis choices of pushed C posts and pushed I or W posts.

Advantages:
• Factory Preassembled – bearing and module body is provided as single, preassembled models for set up labor financial savings
• Balanced Design – axis of rotation on the middle of mass of the desk improves focusing on
• Long Wear Life – examined to greater than 40 years equal life
• 7 Dimensions of Adjustment – bearing adjusts to accommodate put up misalignment to keep away from mission delays
• Up to twenty% More Back Side Production – open again permits uniform bottom irradiance, crucial for lengthy cell and module life
• Short Lead Times – Customers profit from expedited supply as a result of OMCO Solar’s 4 strategically-located U.S. manufacturing vegetation

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Number of items: Typically 11 parts plus {hardware}

Posts per row: As few as 11 posts per 120-module size tracker

Row lengths: Row lengths can range as much as 120 framed silicon modules per row (as much as 122 meters lengthy)

Slope tolerances: North-South Slope = ± 15%, East-West Slope = ± 20%

Certifications: UL3703, ASCE7-10; Motor, Drive, and Tracker Controller are IEC IP65

Design: The basis piles are pushed into the bottom adopted by the set up of the bearing, as follows:

  • Pre-assembled bearing is positioned on high of the posts & tightened by hand through fasteners, offering a number of instructions of flexibility
  • Use the drive mount to put in the slew drive onto the highest of the drive put up
  • After the slew drive is torqued correctly, place the journal backing plate towards the slew drive
  • Prior to putting in the torque tubes, place the module mount assemblies per every bearing span over the tube.
  • Place the torque tubes that hook up with the slew drive within the bearing assemblies by sliding the torque tube into the journal on either side of the slew drive
  • Slide the modules onto the mounting meeting by tightening the pre-assembled clamps
  • Install all electrical parts per the set up handbook

Advantages:
The OMCO ORIGIN tracker has many confirmed operational advantages and financial worth that may solely be realized when dealing immediately with the producer. The common module mount is designed to make the set up course of quick and simple whereas additionally permitting for last-minute module changes. There are additionally fewer trackers per MW as a result of the design permits for longer rows — as much as 120 modules lengthy. This helps reduce the variety of trackers, thus lowering the capital price of the mission, as a result of fewer controllers, drives and motors, decrease O&M price, and fewer spare elements.

Field Fast OMCO

Number of items: Each rack usually consists of 5 to seven pre-assembled parts. Structural parts are constructed from Galvanized U.S. Steel, Per ASTM A653 – Latest Edition

Certifications: ISO 9001:2015 Standard, UL 2703 Ed. 1, CPP Wind Tunnel-Tested, NEC Compliant

Installation:

  • Foundation piles are pushed into the bottom
  • Pre-assembled tilt bracket assemblies are bolted onto the piles
  • Lateral beams are linked by fasteners to the lean assemblies
  • The vertical pre-assembled mod-rails are mounted onto the beams
  • Modules are slid up the mod-rails till the modules catch the pre-punched notches that maintain them in place
  • Lastly, this permits installers to lock the clamps down from beneath as a result of our patented hex-tip bolt

Advantages: 

Pre-Assembled parts and meeting optimizes packaging & delivery, reduces on-site labor necessities, accelerates whole construct time, and eliminates free {hardware} together with third social gathering grounding units. This in flip accelerates the meeting course of. The module clamps will be mounted from beneath, eliminating the necessity for any overhead lifting of the tools for protected set up. All of the structural parts are manufactured by OMCO at our 4 strategically positioned US manufacturing places, additional lowering delivery prices and lead instances.

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Number of items: 8 Typical Components + Hardware

Certifications: ISO 9001:2015 Standard, UL 2703 Ed. 1, CPP Wind Tunnel-Tested, NEC Compliant

Installation:

  1. For a pile-driven basis, posts are pushed into the bottom
  2. Pre-assembled tilt bracket assemblies are bolted onto the piles
  3. Lateral beams are then linked by fasteners to the lean assemblies
  4. Modules are secured with fasteners immediately onto the beams to offer a safe bond

Advantages: 

Pre-Assembled tilt meeting optimizes packaging & delivery, reduces on-site labor necessities, accelerates whole construct time, and eliminates free {hardware} together with third social gathering grounding units. This in flip accelerates the meeting course of. All the structural parts are manufactured by OMCO at our 4 strategically positioned US manufacturing places, additional lowering delivery prices and lead instances.

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RP Construction Services, Inc. (RPCS) gives turnkey design, structural engineering, procurement/provide, mechanical set up, and specialty companies to EPCs, builders, and municipal utilities. As the nation’s main contractor and Array Technologies single-axis tracker skilled, RPCS has accomplished greater than 900 initiatives, totaling over 3GW, and helps clients meet their renewable energy objectives with easy, seamless mission execution. RPCS has roughly 300 staff and is headquartered in Monterey, California, and maintains amenities in California, Mississippi, and Kansas.

Specialty

Projects of all sizes, 20-100 MW candy spot

What’s new in 2022?

RPCS has invested a variety of sources in materials warehousing and expanded its tracker row kits. RPCS has the flexibility to inventory all the important thing parts and be certain that they aren’t solely prepared when wanted, but additionally packaged and delivered to the positioning in a means that quickens the set up of the trackers. They’ve additionally developed an in-house software program program that’s designed across the tracker they deploy and permits clients to see their portfolios of initiatives shifting by every step of the way in which.

Turnkey services

  • Portfolio Management – RPCS has the flexibility to maneuver many initiatives concurrently by design, provide. 
  • Design/Engineering – RPCS gives basis design and format, geotechnical website evaluation assist, tracker and basis put up provide and logistics, and solar tracker technical experience.
  • Supply/Procurement – RPCS provides in-house stocking companies with amenities in California, Mississippi, and Kansas with greater than 1GW in annual provide.
  • Mechanical Installation – RPCS is a fully-licensed mechanical and electrical contractor, self-performing work throughout the nation.
  • Kitting – RPCS is the primary contractor within the utility area to pre-kit the Array tracker, permitting work that may in any other case be completed onsite to be completed in a managed atmosphere at an RPCS facility.
  • Additional Construction Services – RPCS provides on-site mission administration, commissioning, QA/QC, and O&M companies.

Product

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Number of items: 30 particular person half varieties per row
Posts per row: Up to 26 (varies primarily based on design standards)
Row lengths: 100+ module row lengths, as much as 126 meters lengthy (varies primarily based on module dimension and weight)
Slope tolerances: 15 levels N/S; 37 levels E/W
Certifications: UL 2703, 3703 and IEC 62817

Design: The Array tracker will be customized, provided, and put in by RPCS, Array’s trusted associate and main Array tracker installer. RPCS is devoted to providing clients the most effective general expertise, with a workforce of over 300 tracker consultants to supply assist. Linked rows are powered by an AC motor, an articulating driveline, and a rotating gear drive. Up to 32 rows will be managed by only one motor.

Advantages: The DuraTrack boasts as much as 25% energy acquire over fixed-tilt methods and has an unparalleled observe report of excessive uptime (99.996%), 7% decrease LCOE, and 31% decrease lifetime O&M with zero scheduled upkeep. The Array tracker makes use of the fewest motors per MW, with 167 instances fewer parts, and is essentially the most adaptable tracker when it comes to terrain, with low grading and the flexibility to be readily deployed on essentially the most difficult parcels. In addition, the tracker is designed to mitigate excessive wind masses, snow masses, and inclement climate like hail.

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Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an built-in solar firm that gives dependable and time-tested custom-designed, fastened tilt floor mount and single-axis solar monitoring methods within the business and utility-scale solar mounting industries. Solar FlexRack additionally provides full spectrum engineering assist, together with electrical, mechanical, structural, geotechnical & course of, to allow your mission to be accomplished effectively and cheaply. Solar FlexRack has accomplished over 1,000 solar racking installations in almost all 50 U.S. states and 5 nations, representing a complete of three GW of solar power initiatives.

What’s new in 2022?

“Each of our product lines – fixed tilt, ballasted and trackers – are now fully adaptable to the wide range of large format modules on the market,” says Mike Herman, Director of Operations. “Large format modules are increasingly being used due to their ability to increase energy yield through more watts per tracker and reduce Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), including through reduced hardware costs and project soft costs. However, they pose additional challenges when it comes to handling wind speeds and snow pressures. We are pleased that each of our product lines have been rigorously tested to integrate with, and have and continue to be successfully deployed with, large format modules. In fact, our products are now being integrated with large format modules in about 70 percent of our projects.”

Products

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Installation: Solar FlexRack Series G3-X Ground Mount Rack installs shortly, options similar-sized {hardware} and requires solely commonplace instruments and tools for meeting. The system is definitely staged on job websites and will be assembled in a logical, step-by-step method within the discipline by crews of any ability degree. With best-in-class engineering, the G3-X has distinctive design attributes that guarantee ease of set up. The system’s lateral bracing stabilizes and completely squares the racking system, so modules simply slide into place for quick, protected, and simple module set up. While principally pre-assembled, the horizontal rail bracket permits racking to be held in place whereas aligning rows with terrain. The G3-X will be simply assembled on website or will be delivered partially pre-assembled.

Advantages: Solar FlexRack prioritizes module structural integrity with its racking design, and retains modules in prime situation by building and past. The G3-X Series is a sturdy, environment friendly and low element design that installs shortly and simply. It is appropriate with all basis options and comes with computerized system squaring, lateral bracing, horizontal rail brackets, and slotted connections for ease of set up. It additionally permits for protected and fast module mounting with a direct bolt bonded connection. The G3-X leverages the corporate’s field-proven set up base of over 3 GW to ship the best high quality, pre- or field-assembled floor mount methods that accommodate as much as 20% slopes for diminished civil prices.

Certifications: UL 2703 (Issue 2)

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Installation: SolarFlexRack’s Ground Mount Fixed Tilt B Series (Ballasted) resolution is offered with blocks pre-cast offsite or cast-in-place (CIP) on website using Solar FlexRack’s distinctive, simple to assemble kind system. The CIP resolution requires solely six screws for kind meeting, which will be full in beneath three minutes with two individuals. Watch the video of how simple CIP is assembled.

Advantages: Conveniently out there with blocks pre-cast or cast-in-place to fulfill every mission’s distinctive wants, Solar FlexRack’s Ground Mount Fixed Tilt B Series (Ballasted) options are well-suited for landfills and difficult terrain websites. The FlexRack Series B pre-cast resolution makes use of a two-support system that transfers masses into the block by double the helps for diminished block thickness, in addition to allows using a break up block system, which requires lighter lifting equipment to accommodate websites with low bearing stress necessities. The cast-in system permits for fast meeting and adjustability, lowering general labor prices.

Certifications: UL 2703 (Issue 2), ISO 9001

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  • Row lengths: Up to 90 modules per impartial desk
  • Slope tolerances: Up to 10% North-South slope tolerance
  • Certifications: UL 2703

Construction: Independently pushed; single-axis horizontal, distributed drive. Drive kind: Slew. No particular instruments required. Any instruments wanted may very well be acquired at your native ironmongery store.

Advantages: Solar FlexRack’s dependable TDP 2.0 Solar Tracker with BalanceTrac bundles a complicated tracker design with top-tier engineering and mission assist companies to safeguard solar initiatives from sudden prices. One of the simplest trackers to put in, TDP 2.0 options sensible backtracking to cut back row shading & maximize energy yield. The TDP 2.0 has an elevated desk dimension to offer optimum module density in addition to compatibility with 1,000V and 1,500V modules. In order to allow better adjustability to maximise system efficiency, the TDP 2.0 encompasses a rotational vary of 110° (± 55°) and floor clearance that enables for shorter piles.

  • Row lengths: Up to 60 modules per impartial desk
  • Slope tolerances: Up to 10% North-South slope tolerances
  • Certifications: UL 2703
  • Design: Single-axis, horizontal, distributed drive
  • Drive kind: linear actuator

Advantages: Field-proven with over 75 initiatives put in in North America, Solar FlexRack’s TDP 1.0 Solar Tracker leverages a easy, environment friendly design for extremely dependable and simple installations. Ideal for smaller or extremely irregular layouts, the TDP 1.0’s small drive block allows as much as 40% discount in land use. The TDP 1.0 additionally makes use of a distributed drive and has no mechanical parts between rows, permitting for simple and price efficient entry for mowers, cleansing companies and different mission upkeep. Complete with Solar FlexRack’s full spectrum engineering and mission assist companies, the TDP 1.0 options sensible backtracking to cut back shading throughout rows and maximize energy yield.

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Unique in comparison with the remaining on this part, Sollega gives one racking system that may go from the business rooftop to the bottom. The common design, manufactured from UV rated glass bolstered Nylon 6, allows the set up of all framed modules and stands up particularly nicely in extremely corrosive circumstances close to the ocean. Injection molded in California, 100% made within the USA.

Product

sollega ground mount

Number of items: 1

Tools wanted: 1

Certifications: UL2703, UL1703, UL467

How does it set up: The FastRack FR-510 is a one piece low profile ballasted Solar Racking system injection molded from glass bolstered nylon. The easy design allows a “Build As You Go” set up technique which is fast to put in with minimal coaching required. The PV panels are connected with a pull/finish clamp mixture offering a strong and safe connection to the bucket. Pre-installed bolts on the racking decide the lean and inter-row spacing. We clamp on all 4 sides of the lengthy rail body on the lengthy in panorama orientation. Buckets have reference tabs inbuilt to make sure correct placement of the modules to the bucket. One-piece stainless slide on bonding jumper gives simple module to module bonding. The bonding jumper installs with out the necessity for instruments. Add ballast blocks (4”x18”x16”).

Advantages: The FastRack510 ballasted floor mount system doesn’t require meeting, floor penetration, drilling, or pile driving. You don’t have to supply costly metal, pipe, or hire heavy equipment for the bottom mount set up. Minimal geotechnical engineering required since there isn’t a pile driving required. It is a straightforward one-piece design that’s fast to fabricate, ship, stage and set up. Has 5,6 & 10 diploma tilt choices (GCR 72-80%). Minimal floor preparation wanted utilizing a weed barrier and mixture. Flexible system that adapts to contours and uneven floor surfaces as much as 7dg. Easy to develop the solar array if wanted. Ideal resolution for brownfield, landfill, gravel, concrete, asphalt surfaces. Manufactured in California from UV rated glass bolstered Nylon 6 which is non-corrosive and climate resistant. Class “A” Fire Rating Type 1, 2, & 3 modules. Ships 25 kW per pallet and 750 kW in 40 ft delivery container.

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Soltec focuses on built-in solar photovoltaic options, whose enterprise is targeted on solar monitoring methods with a robust dedication to innovation. Soltec is positioned because the world’s third main firm out there amongst solar tracker suppliers, and chief provide in nations comparable to Brazil or Chile. With headquarters in Spain, Soltec has been working since 2004 and has a diversified geographic presence centered on Spain, North America and Latin America. It has presence in 16 nations with greater than 1,300 staff.

What’s new in 2022?

Soltec launched the Solarfighter equipment final yr, which incorporates each the product and the plant meeting service. In addition, Soltec’s Solmate after-sales service consists of all upkeep and care companies for solar vegetation.

Products

SFOne

Posts per row: 9
Row lengths: as much as 75 meters
Slope tolerances: Configurable (Nort-South: 7% or larger on demand / East-West: 5%)
Certifications: In course of

Design: SFOne is the 1P tracker by Soltec. This tracker combines the mechanical simplicity with the extraordinary experience of Soltec for greater than 18 years. Specially designed for bigger 72 and 78 cell modules, this tracker is self-powered due to its devoted module, which ends right into a decrease cost-operational power provide.

Advantages: This tracker has a configuration of 1P to cut back the operational price of PV vegetation when put in in flat terrain. Thanks to this configuration, SFOne can scale back the cost-effectiveness of the plant and it’s self-powered by its devoted module.

SF7

Installation: Thanks to the slopes and roughness tolerances of the terrain, it facilitates the work of driving, bettering instances, if we additionally add that the 2P configuration has fewer pile-drives per MW, this job is solved in an environment friendly means. And thanks to those tolerances, aligning the weather is simpler. In addition, this tracker has already been optimized when it comes to {hardware}, lowering each set up and upkeep work.

Advantages: No further PV module or grid connection is required, in addition to the size of its cable is 81% shorter. In addition, as a result of its easy construction, it prices 75 p.c much less work to put in and has a 10-year guarantee. Factory examined, maintenance-free and doesn’t require a combiner field.

Certifications: UL 3703 Certification and IEC62817

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Installation: This all-in-one equipment facilitates, not solely the procedures, however the meeting and commissioning of the plant, because it consists of all the required components: SF7 solar tracker, modules, inverters, communications and cabling and different items. The adaptability of the SF7 is made clear as soon as once more when it’s chosen because the solar tracker for this equipment, which could have the modules that provide the best efficiency within the mission.

Advantages: In addition to being the primary full equipment for distributed era PV monitoring initiatives of as much as 12 MW, its essential benefit is its ease of building, availability and set up. This is because of its easy configuration and the truth that the client doesn’t must deal with something. In addition, it’s ready for all climate circumstances and has the opportunity of together with energy storage batteries within the equipment.

Certifications: In course of

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Sunfolding maximizes profitability with progressive solar monitoring know-how. Powered by air, the Sunfolding T29 Single-Axis Tracker deploys on land beforehand off limits to utility-scale solar. The Sunfolding T29 additionally makes solar vegetation quicker to put in and simpler to function. Sunfolding has received recognition as a 2020 Global Cleantech 100 Company and a 2019 Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer. Headquartered in Alameda, CA, Sunfolding ships US-manufactured trackers all through North America.

Specialty

Projects above 5 MW, particularly these that may profit from earthwork financial savings.

What’s new in 2022?

Working intently with our clients, Sunfolding has scaled down the T29 Single-Axis Tracker to 2 posts so we will navigate terrain and topographic options with much more flexibility and at no added price. To start with, actuation on each put up brings unparalleled flexibility. The capacity to reset tracker tables each 25 to 30 toes vastly improves tolerances on the east-west axis and when it comes to tracker top. Dips and swells at floor degree not have any impression on system design. A tracker can go from a steep rising slope to a steep falling slope or something in between. Instead of designing one 300-foot span at a time, make the most of the granular capacity to comply with terrain undulations from one airplane to a different and one other and scale back earthwork by greater than 90%.

Products

Sunfolding_SolarBuilder Aerial

Number of items: 3 structural parts

Row lengths: 1 to 2 strings in size

Slope tolerances: Up to 12.3% grade slopes with no change to plain product

Design: With simply three distinctive structural parts, Sunfolding makes building simpler. From the put up all the way in which to the modules, we streamline and expedite the set up course of. By lowering the variety of put up sizes that you just’re coping with, we’ve diminished the probabilities of misplacing a put up or misdriving a put up. With a shorter put up embedment depth, Sunfolding minimizes interplay and phone with subgrade rock.

Advantages: The Sunfolding T29 optimizes solar monitoring and maximizes energy output. Unlike motor-driven trackers, the Sunfolding T29 makes solar infrastructure easy once more. Sunfolding initiatives neutralize prices with versatile layouts that match the trackers to the land. Small tracker tables allow denser DC per acre with out driving up prices and scale back earthwork by greater than 70%. Fewer parts makes each mission less complicated and permits for a discount in building prices by greater than 15%.

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Specialty: residential and C&I <500 kW

SunModo, that means “the way of the sun,” is a personal U.S. firm headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., that’s centered on progressive racking and mounting options for skilled installers within the fast-growing solar {industry}. Our dedication to innovation will be seen throughout our complete product line, which incorporates 20 plus industry-shaping patents.  From residential rooftops to large-scale ground-mounts and every part in between, SunModo has essentially the most complete solar mounting and racking options. 

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Certifications: UL 2703

Installation: No slicing, welding, or drilling. Adjust top and set up posts with set screws. Pipe fittings connect shortly with set screws. Two-piece pipe caps make set up simple. Structural splice with set screws for bonding. Fast rail attachment with T-bolts. The SunTurf Ground Mount System simply integrates Helio Rails with Schedule 40 Steel Pipes. Combine SunTurf with SunModo Ground Screws or Augers and do a whole set up of a 15-kW system with solely someday on the job website. For a extra interactive have a look at SunModo’s Ground Mount, try this video.

Advantages: SunModo provides the subsequent era SunTurf Ground Mount System. The streamlined design combines the simplicity of a pipe-based system with next-level engineering. SurTurf Ground Mount is good for solar installers on the lookout for a low price excessive efficiency system that may accommodate all kinds of soil circumstances. No drilling is required to connect the aluminum rails to the horizontal pipe. The progressive swivel pipe cap equipment can accommodate terrains as much as 27% slope east-west and 120% slope north-south.

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