U-Anchor Solar Attachment System Withstands Hurricane

The U-Anchor 2000 has withstood another blast of hurricane force winds. The 800 kW Trina solar power generation system was secured to a Carlisle TPO roof membrane in a hybrid system, consisting of U-Anchor 2000 attachments and ballast solar racking on top of the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in St. Maarten. The system provides solar electric power to 317 guestrooms, restaurants, restrooms, laundry facilities and the spa.

The hurricane slammed into St. Maarten on Oct. 13 with no damage to the rooftop attachments and only minor debris-blown damage to the solar panels. Surrounding homes and boats were destroyed and the community’s water and power utilities reported outages. The solar electric power at the resort remained uninterrupted.

Hurricane Gonzalo was the second time the U-Anchor’s held a rooftop solar project securely in place while hurricane force winds blasted a rooftop solar project. U-Anchors shield a project on a large factory roof in Yonkers, New York, from 90 mph wind gusts during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Anchor Products completed the project in partnership with Sollega, Inc., which provided the ballasted racking portion of the hybrid system.

Anchor Products, LLC is the manufacturer of the U-Anchor 2000 patented rooftop solar attachment products for the attachment of solar equipment and accessories to ridged and flexible film roof membranes. When properly installed, the U-Anchor can withstand approximately 1,000 lbs of ultimate load force in tension, and approximately 2,000 lbs of ultimate load force in shear.

U-Anchor 200 can be used on ballasted or non-penetrating designs. U-Anchors maintain the roofing manufacturer’s warranty and can be quickly installed at a rate of 12 per man hour. U-Anchor 2000 and all of Anchor Products rooftop attachments come with an industry standard material warranty.

The U-Anchor line of products can also attach mechanical equipment, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, lightning protection and antennas, among many others.

Attach Solar to Standing Seam without Compromising Warranties

Sno Gem Inc.'s PV Cube standing-seam attachment system

Sno Gem Inc.’s PV Cube standing-seam attachment system

Sno Gem Inc. has introduced the PV Cube standing-seam attachment system, a clamp-to-seam solar-panel racking and mounting system that provides strength through patent-pending WaveLock technology with three points of attachment. Four PV Cube profiles—PV Cube, PV Cube Wide, PV Cube Mini and PV Cube Zip—accommodate virtually any standing-seam metal roof. Silver Bullet set screws include a rounded bullet tip to maximize strength, but do not damage the paint finish or pierce the seam, meaning they won’t void warranties. All are constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum extrusion.

Projects: Retail

KOOPMAN LUMBER & HARDWARE, SHARON, MASS.

The FM-Approved AceClamp ML was used to install a 200-kW solar-power system on the facility.

The FM-Approved AceClamp ML was used to install a 200-kW solar-power system on the facility.

TEAM

Solar Installer: Cotuit Solar, Cotuit, Mass.
Roof-clamp Manufacturer: AceClamp/PMC

ROOF MATERIALS

The AceClamp ML is a standing-seam metal roofclamp system that can accommodate almost any application or roof seam. Its two-piece design allows installation at any point on the seam with a tight vibration-tested grip. All mounting holes are top-loaded, providing easy, quick access for the contractor, completing installation in less than half the time of conventional side-mounting systems. The AceClamp ML also does not penetrate or scratch the roof’s surface, preserving manufacturers’ warranties.

The AceClamp ML also does not penetrate or scratch the roof’s surface, preserving manufacturers’ warranties.

The AceClamp ML also does not penetrate or scratch the roof’s surface, preserving manufacturers’ warranties.

ROOF REPORT

Koopman Lumber & Hardware, a Massachusetts retailer of lumber, hardware and other building materials and equipment, recently opened its newest location in Sharon. It offers equipment rental, tools, paint and decorating, a kitchen design center, building materials and more.

PHOTOS: AceClamp/PMC

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Attach Solar Racking Systems to Asphalt Roofs

Anchor Products LLC has introduced U-Anchor 2600 for attachment of rooftop solar racking systems on asphalt roofs

Anchor Products LLC has introduced U-Anchor 2600 for attachment of rooftop solar racking systems on asphalt roofs.

Anchor Products LLC has introduced U-Anchor 2600 for attachment of rooftop solar racking systems on asphalt roofs.

The new U-Anchor 2600 attachments can be installed on a variety of asphalt roofs, including modified bitumen and BUR, providing solar project teams a means to attach in virtually every commercial rooftop condition. The U-Anchor 2600 is a lightweight rooftop attachment system consisting of a 5.5-inch weatherized plate with a 3/8 to 16 by 1 3/8-inches-tall stainless-steel stud. The assembly is attached to the roof using approved fasteners and without the need for additional flashing.

Anchor Products LLC is the manufacturer of the U-Anchor patented, ballast-free, and penetrating and non-penetrating rooftop attachment products for the securing of roofing equipment and accessories to low-slope roof membranes. U-Anchors maintain the membrane manufacturer’s warranty; they can be quickly installed at a rate of 12 per man hour, and they assist project teams in the development of systems weighing less than 4 lbs per square foot. The U-Anchor 2600 and all of Anchor Products rooftop attachments come with an industry standard material warranty.

The U-Anchor line of products can also attach mechanical equipment, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, and antennas, among many others.