Miami-Dade County authorized direct-to-deck solar mounts from SunModo, says new CEO – Solar Builder Journal

Lots of structural elements affect the long-term stability of a rooftop solar racking system. On The Pitch, we zoom in on SunModo‘s approach to rooftop mounting and wire management, and cover some recent system updates, with newly appointed CEO Steve Mumma. We discuss:

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  • Miami-Dade county product approval (including deck mounts)
  • Wire management best practices: avoiding center channel and zip ties
  • SMR system advantages
  • What to look for in a rail
  • Upcoming territory expansion
  • Early preview of metal roof product SKU

Here’s a part of the transcript, the place Mumma explains latest product approvals by Miami-Dade County. Be positive to look at the 10-min overview above.

Crowell: Your NanoMount and TopTile have been lately authorized by Miami-Dade County, so I wished to start out there. The significance of that approval type of goes past the area itself by way of what it says in regards to the energy of a mounting system proper?

Mumma: It’s undoubtedly the toughest place to get authorized within the nation I feel for fairly apparent causes given the hurricane drive winds and excessive ranges of rain. We’re unimaginable excited. We’ve grown loads in Florida over the past couple years … however we haven’t been in a position to set up in South Florida, so it’s an enormous deal to have it now.

Additionally, Miami-Dade has historically been – I don’t know – hesitant, I suppose, to do deck mounted choices, and we at the moment are authorized to do deck mounts with each TopTile and the NanoMount in Miami-Dade County.

Crowell: They authorized deck mounts? I suppose that’s not one thing I anticipated you to say. Seems like that’s much more of a novel side of your approval?

Mumma: It’s an enormous deal. We’ve seen a particular development across the nation towards deck mounting and the explanations make sense. From an installer pace standpoint you possibly can’t beat it. There’s not a confirmed method to discover rafters — it’s nonetheless some trial and error — and when you possibly can take that out of it, you’re loads sooner. And from a efficiency and a leak prevention standpoint, it’s preferable as a result of once you’re looking for rafters, you’re going to overlook and that’s going to depart open holes that you just’ve bought to return and seal, and that sadly doesn’t at all times occur. Deck mounting eliminates that.

In the case of our TopTile product, it’s particularly a deck mount product. And that’s a particular headache with tile roof set up typically, is discovering these rafters. So, we remove that, and it has not historically been one thing that Miami-Dade had authorized.

Crowell: Did it’s worthwhile to do any extra testing? … Curious if there’s something new or modified that went into that approval.

Mumma: There’s nothing new on the product facet. We didn’t must make any changes or modifications or enhancements or something. They’ve bought a pair extra assessments that we hadn’t executed beforehand. The largest a part of it truly is only a matter of getting all of the geese in a row, so to talk, by way of getting all the pieces pulled collectively within the codecs and the correct engineering stamps and opinions after which ready.

Pick up the dialog proper the place we left off, the place we focus on wire administration finest practices and SunModo’s new wire administration clip for the SMR system.

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