It’s surprising how easy it is these days to line up all the components necessary for a residential-scale photovoltaic array. Solar panels can be purchased on Amazon (among other places) and tracking systems are readily available, too. If you have the land or your roof isn’t right for your needs, Arizona-based Schletter makes a ground-mount kit for up to 2.5 kW of solar PV and it can be purchased for under $1,000.
The 2.5 kW FS Kit — introduced this year in response to customer feedback — includes all the solar mounting hardware, posts, rails, and clamps for $892 (standard load) or $953 (high load), plus shipping. Orders before noon ship the same day.
Schletter says they have the first complete ground mount system to meet UL 2703 and UL 1703 requirements. The system requires two concrete foundations, and Schletter can provide a stamped permit package for most states.
The good people at Solarbuzz report that Q4’11 installations will be about 800 Mega Watts of PV capacity in North America.
Solarzuzz also reports:
In Q4’11, ground-mount installations are forecast to have 38% of the market, followed by building-mount, non-residential systems (>100 kW), which will have 37% of the market. The ground-mount segment benefited from demand from Ontario and from large-scale installations in California and Arizona geared toward meeting the state RPS requirements.
If our solar-powered calculator is correct – that means about 300 megawatts of roof-top, commercial PV installations in just this quarter!
Boots on the Roof is running not one, but THREE new courses to support the growing volume of commercial projects:
Unirac! Wow these guys are tough! Not only are they tough… they are fast too. Boots on the Roof is excited to announce our partnership with Unirac, and the addition of their ISYS Ground Mount to our Mega Lab! Lots of our students have requested training on larger ground mounts, which is one reason we are happy to be incorporating this system into our classes. This system is said to be one of the fastest systems to install with the least amount of labor. Unirac claims an installation time of more than 10 modules per man-hour, making it a great option to teach our commercial students!
Why do we like Unirac for our students? Ground mount systems are a growing part of solar in North America. Unirac is always looking for ways to improve the design of their products, with the intention of reducing installation time. For this reason, the ISYS Ground Mount is an ideal option for large scale commercial projects that we are proud to offer as an option to our students. Thank you Unirac!
Schletter Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting systems, announces that its world renowned FS System passed test requirements to be identified as Classified with the ETL Listed Mark.