Solar Mounting System Features Carbon Steel Finished Frame

The framing of the solar mounting system features a carbon steel finish that is hot dip galvanized per ASTM A 123.

The framing of the solar mounting system features a carbon steel finish that is hot dip galvanized per ASTM A 123.

PHP Systems/Design, a designer and manufacturer of rooftop pipe and equipment support systems, has introduced a solar mounting system.
 
The PHP Solar Panel Mounting System’s base material is made from injection molded high density/high impact polypropylene with UV-inhibitors and antioxidants. The framing features a carbon steel finish that is hot dip galvanized per ASTM A 123. This system addresses height, wind and heat concerns with regard to solar panel installations.
 
The PHP Solar Panel Mounting System is designed to support a variety of solar panels and can be used for any type of roof; from flat roofs to roofs sloped up to 2 in 12. Seismic and high wind applications are available for solar support applications. 

Install Solar Panels around Roof Vent Pipes

The Solar Roof Jack redesigns vent pipes so that solar panels can be installed on top of them without sacrificing vent pipe functionality and utilizes solar roof space.

The Solar Roof Jack redesigns vent pipes so that solar panels can be installed on top of them without sacrificing vent pipe functionality and utilizes solar roof space.

Solar installers usually install solar panels in a “jigsaw” styled fashion with empty spaces where the roof vent pipes are or are forced to relocate these pipes in order to maximize available space, increasing installation timelines. A solution to installing solar panels around vent pipes, called The Solar Roof Jack, has been released to the market. This technology is making solar more economical and aesthetically pleasing.

Currently solar panels are designed around ABS plumbing vent pipes, otherwise the installer incurs additional costs for relocation. As a result, there are times when empty spaces on rooflines where a solar panel could have otherwise been placed. The Solar Roof Jack resolves this problem with technology that redesigns the vent pipes so that solar panels can be installed on top of them without sacrificing the functionality of the original vent pipes and utilizes solar roof space.

The benefits of the Solar Roof Jack:

  • Additional panel sales
  • Increased power production for customer
  • Total utilization of solar roof space
  • Reduced labor costs and installation timelines
  • Creates visually pleasing designs
  • American made product

Since roof vent pipes prevent a customer from utilizing a lot of their roof space, they are being limited to the number of panels they can fit on their roof and therefore losing potential savings that additional panels would have generated. In addition, the installer can now sell more panels because they are no longer limited to working around the vent pipes and are able to save on labor costs because they no longer have to relocate the exposed pipes.

With the Solar Roof Jack the overall appearance of the panels is consistent and helps guarantee that the client gets what they want.

MiaSolé and Uber Énergies Enter into a Representation Agreement to Sell Solar Modules Across Canada

Uber Énergies in Montreal, Quebec, has entered into a representation agreement with MiaSolé in which Uber Energies will represent MiaSolé in the Canadian market, as well as certain special channels into which Uber Energies has distinct relationships and access.

Uber Energies will sell MiaSolé FLEX modules, efficient thin-film lightweight flexible modules with an efficiency rating of +16 percent. MiaSolé FLEX modules bond directly to the roof surface with a simple peel-and-stick adhesive. This adhesive approach eliminates the need for racking and reduces labor and logistics cost to provide a 20 percent lower BOS cost than traditional glass solar systems. The low-profile FLEX module also provides superior wind resistance and a seismic advantage over traditional rack-and-panel systems where their higher profile increases the likelihood of damage in a storm or earthquake. The FLEX-02 Series module is IEC 61646 & IEC 61730 and UL 1703 certified.

“The addition of the MiaSolé module to our staple of services and products brings to our offerings one of the most unique solar technologies in the world. The ability to benefit from thin film solar module characteristics in our northern climates or for certain off-grid applications is one of the key reasons why we chose to partner with MiaSolé. With more than 28 years of experience in solar thin film technologies, Uber Energies team is happy to be bringing such an efficient flex module to the marketplace,” says Sass M. Peress, president of Uber Énergies.

“We are happy to be partnering with Uber Énergies in the promotion of our products in Canada and certain special targets. We believe that in combining our efforts, we’ll maximize the market access for our unique and quality product. Given the Uber team’s vast experience with thin film, we are convinced that we’ve brought on the right go-to-market partner and look forward to our first installations together,” says Anil Vijayendran, senior director of Sales and Marketing, MiaSolé.

Project Profiles: Hospitality and Entertainment

Hilton Garden Inn, Cleveland

Team

General Contractor: HOBS Roofing, Canton, Ohio
Roofing Consultant: RS&M, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Because of the area’s harsh winter climate, the hotel’s reroofing project required a redundant roofing system that would be strong and durable. The SOPREMA system chosen is typically used in climates like this for that reason.

Because of the area’s harsh winter climate, the hotel’s reroofing project required a redundant roofing system that would be strong and durable. The SOPREMA system chosen is typically used in climates like this for that reason.

Roof Materials

Because of the area’s harsh winter climate, the hotel’s reroofing project required a redundant roofing system that would be strong and durable. The SOPREMA system chosen is typically used in climates like this for that reason.

Although the selection of this particular roofing system was easy, the installation presented a few challenges. The hotel’s roof includes a cell tower, containing a telecommunication terminal for all of Ohio. The installers had to be careful to avoid interference with the terminal when removing the original roof, as well as applying the new system. In addition, the mortar in some of the walls of the penthouse was deteriorating. The installation team had to flash in the ALSAN RS liquid system to keep water from penetrating and getting into the new roof system.

When the reroofing project began, installers first needed to remove the old coal-tar roof from the structural deck of the concrete building. Next, the deck was primed using Elastocol 500 and then a SOPRALENE 180 SP vapor barrier was heat-applied. This particular vapor barrier is commonly used in northern Ohio when reroofing.

Following the vapor barrier, the installation package was ready to be glued down using DUOTACK, SOPREMA’s low-rise foam adhesive. SOPRABOARD cover board was applied, followed by a layer of heat-applied SOPRALENE Flam 180 and then a heat-applied cap sheet of SOPRALENE Flam 180 FR GR. To finish the project, ALSAN RS 230, a PMMA two-part rapid-curing liquid flashing product, was applied over top in a custom color to match the roof to the aesthetic of the building.

Roof System Manufacturer: SOPREMA

Roof Report

Open since 2002, the Hilton Garden Inn stands 11-stories high and has 240 rooms. The hotel is within walking distance to Progressive Field and the CSU Wolstein Center, and is close to other downtown Cleveland entertainment and dining. The hotel features a business center, pool, fitness center and more. The reroofing project took place in summer 2014.

PHOTO: SOPREMA

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LG Electronics Selected as Official Solar Partner at Greenbuild

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), presenter of Greenbuild, the world’s premier sustainability and green building conference, selected LG Electronics USA as official solar partner for the 2015 trade show in Washington, D.C.

The centerpiece of the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is the “Net Zero Zone,” where LG solar panels are powering exhibit booths as part of an on-site microgrid including alternate energy generation, storage and distribution. Thanks to solar panels from LG and others, the Net Zero Zone showcases the efficiency, reliability and resiliency of hybrid microgrids using EMerge Alliance direct current standards.

LG Solar’s flagship LG NeON 2 panels located outside the Washington Convention Center are designed to produce superior power performance and improved reliability. Due to LG’s “Cello” (which stands for Cell connection, Electrically, Low loss, Low stress and Optical absorption enhancement) technology, the LG NeON 2 was recognized this year for its “groundbreaking and technological innovation,” with the InterSolar Europe Award for Photovoltaics.

Ideally suited to power the Net Zero Zone, the LG NeON 2 can achieve higher power output with 60 cells than most 72-cell modules. The 320W NeON 2 boasts 6.4 kWp capacity with 20 modules (60 cells), higher than other 60-cell modules. Of special interest to architects and builders attending Greenbuild, the LG NeON 2 is ideal for those who want to maximize the energy production potential within a limited rooftop space.

In addition to LG’s role as Platinum Sponsor for Greenbuild 2015, LG is a technology provider for the “Growing Green Center” exhibit. Commissioned by USGBC and the Baltimore nonprofit Parks & People Foundation, in partnership with Building Design + Construction magazine, the exhibit is a sustainable modular training center featured at the two-day expo.

LG products designed with the environment in mind are integrated throughout the facility. Complementing the ENERGY STAR-certified appliances and electronics in the Growing Green Center, the exhibit highlights LG’s air conditioning systems and home comfort solutions that deliver powerful energy-efficient results for today’s savvy architects, engineers and consumers.

LG’s major presence at Greenbuild comes on the heels of the USGBC’s New Jersey Chapter honoring the company for “outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability.” As USGBC NJ’s top 2015 honoree, LG has been recognized for its corporate culture of environmental sustainability and for its $300-million LEED Platinum North American headquarters building project planned in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., that will the benefit of LG and the state of New Jersey, while protecting the iconic vistas and integrity of the national natural and historic landmark known as Palisades Park.

A Florida Home Educates Homeowners and Building Professionals and Green Building and Energy Efficiency

Many people visiting Shalimar, Fla., don’t want to miss one of the town’s attractions: a sprawling European-style waterfront estate on Lorraine Bayou. Featuring a 4,000-square-foot main house; 1,600-square-foot carriage house; and 1,200-square-foot guesthouse, the estate offers luxurious finishes and phenomenal views all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

The EcoSmart Demonstration Home in Shalimar, Fla., is built for durability and energy independence. It features a Gerard Roofing stone-coated barrel-vault metal roofing system that slashes energy costs and adds visual appeal.

The EcoSmart Demonstration Home in Shalimar, Fla., is built for durability and energy independence. It features a Gerard Roofing stone-coated barrel-vault metal roofing system that slashes energy costs and adds visual appeal.


But these qualities only hint at its uniqueness. The structures are built to be highly secure against intrusion, resistant to storms sweeping off the Gulf and able to create their own electricity. All interior lighting, exterior lighting and dock lights are LED lighting fixtures using minimal electricity.

The crowning touch is a stone-coated, barrel-vault metal roofing system that not only resists 170-mph winds, but saves energy, as well. No wonder the electric bill for this three-structure estate is $47 and its gas bill is $14 per month.

Model Estate

This estate, the EcoSmart Demonstration Home, is about 50 miles east of Pensacola. This is the second eco-friendly showcase house I have built; the first eco-friendly showcase house was built in nearby Destin. The Shalimar home is open to visitors as a working educational model of an entirely green residence.

It’s a home but actually set up as a business. I can educate people about the top green products, teaching them about how they work and the benefits of saving energy and money. The demonstration home is designed to allow us to educate people first, and then talk about products.

The crowning touch is a stone-coated, barrel-vault metal roofing system that not only resists 170-mph winds, but saves energy, as well. No wonder the electric bill for this three-structure estate is $47 and its gas bill is $14 per month.

The crowning touch is a stone-coated, barrel-vault metal roofing system that not only resists 170-mph winds, but saves energy, as well. No wonder the electric bill for this three-structure estate is $47 and its gas bill is $14 per month.


Located at 781 Boulevard of the Champions, the EcoSmart Demonstration Home is set near the water on a “point lot” overlooking Lorraine Bayou with extraordinary waterway accessibility to Destin, Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The home is perfect for the site because we have views of everything. On the point, there are barges and sailing clubs coming up. We’re looking behind the bayou to Destin, and behind that is the Gulf. We have great breezes off the Gulf and bayou. We get the trade winds up here; that’s the great thing about this part of Florida.

EcoSmart aims its sustainable products message not just at industry professionals but environmentally minded homebuyers, as well. We’re teaching industry professionals, like architects, probuilders, residential and commercial developers, and consumers interested in eco-friendly construction and sustainability. We also teach university and school groups. We have had officials and executives of Southern Company, which is called Gulf Power here, come by several times to advise us. They’re very excited because the home is green.

Visitors aren’t required to pay an admission fee, but there are requirements to touring the EcoSmart Demonstration Home. It’s open by appointment only to people who have a current project and aren’t just looking. We ask people to bring their builders and architects with them because if we’re educating all of them at once, we’re saving time. We’re getting them started and thinking along the same lines.

Building the Home

Before construction commenced on the EcoSmart Demonstration Home in2009, my team undertook a full year of site work. That endeavor included the installation of an 11-foot-high, 210-foot-long seawall and stepped-down concrete footers 2-feet wide and 2- to 4-feet deep for security purposes.

PHOTOS: Gerard Roofing

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ModSolar Moves Headquarters to Philadelphia

ModSolar, a creator of technology solutions for the solar professional, has moved its headquarters into Center City, Philadelphia.

ModSolar has moved into the fourth floor of the Belmont Building, at 211 North 13th Street in Philadelphia. The company will occupy the entire floor—9,500 square feet—which is more than five times as large as its previous offices in Ardmore (1,800 square feet).

“We’ve come a long way since the birth of ModSolar in early 2011 from an office in my home, then a small office in Malvern, Penn., to our office in Ardmore, Penn., and now our move into Center City, Philadelphia,” says Mike Dershowitz, founder and chief executive officer of ModSolar.

“Moving into Philadelphia amid the growing technology start-up scene is a direct result of our continuing growth in employees, customers and revenues during the past three years,” says Dershowitz. “We are looking to hire more people this year and being in Philadelphia will be a great advantage in finding new people to join our team.”

ModSolar’s software enables solar providers to produce solar proposals and contracts in less than five minutes, including the company’s patent-pending software that enables placement of panels on an image of the prospect’s roof, as well as the calculation of the return on the solar investment. ModSolar develops software that dramatically reduces the “soft costs” involved in solar sales, solar system design, production of high-quality solar proposals, and all the paperwork surrounding solar installations.

The job growth in the solar industry nationwide is more than 170,000 jobs in the past two years, and is expected to continue in the near term. ModSolar has grown from two employees in 2011 to more than two dozen as of Feb. 15. The company’s move into Center City, Philadelphia will enable ModSolar to add several more employees this year in Philadelphia, as well as support the company’s growth in international markets including England and Germany.

“Prior to 2014, we were doubling our revenue every year,” says Dershowitz. “Our revenue in 2014 was 200 percent of our revenue in 2013, and we are projecting the same percentage growth again in 2015. We are adding more products and services for our customers, and we are adding some new team members in other countries, as well, with increased opportunities to grow ModSolar’s reach in the U.S. and internationally as the solar industry continues to gain prominence. And we continue to grow without any outside financing. Pretty good for a company we started with a $3,500 cash advance on my credit card.”

Currently, close to $40 million per day in solar contracts are being generated through ModSolar’s software platform, representing an estimated 5 percent of the solar market in the U.S. Thousands of ModSolar users produce more than 3,000 solar proposals each week. ModSolar’s corporate clients are major players in the solar industry, including SunEdison, Enphase Energy, GAF, Kyocera and Astrum Solar.

Upgraded Solar Roofing System Combines Greater Efficiency with Easy Wiring

The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

Now featuring 60-watt monocrystalline integrated photovoltaic panels, CertainTeed Corp.’s Apollo II solar roofing system combines greater efficiency and aesthetics with its trademark easy wiring installation. The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

“The solar industry continues to evolve and the demand for more efficient, affordable residential electricity-generating roofing systems is growing exponentially,” says Mark Stancroff, director, CertainTeed Solar. “The newly enhanced Apollo II is not only more efficient but also comes with one of the most robust warranties in the industry—with CertainTeed warrantying the Apollo II system itself and its installation by a CertainTeed certified installer.”

Like its predecessor, the newly enhanced Apollo II fully integrates with roofing shingles for a clean, seam-less appearance. Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles. The product also features an open space under the modules to allow for easier electrical wiring. Water channels and raised fastener locations further improve water-proofing of the solar roofing system.

Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles.

Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles.

Also available with the same powerful characteristics, Apollo Tile II offers an integrated system designed for flat, concrete tiles. It weighs 13 pounds and features a natural brown frame, black cells and black backsheet for curb appeal.

The Apollo II and Apollo Tile II systems are available nationwide and are offered in pre-engineered kits containing all components necessary for installation. Apollo II systems are Class A fire-rated and meet UL 790, UL 1703 and IEC 61215 requirements. Apollo II is also rated for wind resistance up to 110 mph and loads up to 250 pounds per square foot. In addition, the product is backed by a warranty for electricity output and installation workmanship, carrying a 25-year limited power warranty and 10-year limited product warranty.

Apollo II qualifies for a 30 percent federal tax credit and may be eligible for state rebates and incentives listed at Dsireusa.org. Additional incentives may also be available through local utility providers.

PHOTOS: CertainTeed Corp.

MiaSolé and McElroy Metal Partner to Sell Thin Film Solar Modules

MiaSolé Hi-Tech, a subsidiary of Hanergy, announced a partnership with McElroy Metal to sell MiaSolé FLEX series, thin film solar modules as part of McElroy Metal’s solar panel solutions. The MiaSolé thin film modules carry a 15.5 percent efficiency rating with a simple peel-and-stick application method that reduces balance of system costs by 20 percent. McElroy will offer MiaSolé modules factory laminated directly to its metal roof panels to create a lightweight, low-profile solar energy solution durable in extreme, high-wind and seismic zones and on buildings with limited load bearing roofs.

McElroy also markets a complete solar kit for McElroy standing seam, low-slope, storage unit and carport metal roofs. By providing square footage and location, McElroy can provide a complete, pre-engineered solar package with MiaSolé modules, inverter and balance of system components.

The MiaSolé and McElroy Metal partnership combines many advantages for architects, developers, builders and contractors. The 25-year—or more—power output of the MiaSolé FLEX series modules compliments the long service life of metal roofs. Options for factory-applied FLEX modules to metal panels can further reduce onsite installation costs and contribute to consistent quality.

“Today, solar is becoming a standard part of the building envelope,” says Ken Gieske, vice president of marketing for McElroy Metal. “Our partnership with MiaSolé expands our support of green building initiatives and the growing demand for renewable energy as an industry standard.”

Anil Vijayendran, head of product management at MiaSolé, adds: “We are excited to partner with McElroy Metal. With a high efficiency rating for thin film, the MiaSolé FLEX series modules enable roof manufacturers to install a renewable energy solution on roofs and structures previously restricted by wind, seismic and weight limited building structures.”

Mount Snow-retention Systems and Solar Panels

S-5!'s VersaGard

S-5!’s VersaGard

VersaGard is a strong, versatile and affordable exposed-fastened solution for mounting snow retention and solar panels. It is compatible with almost any trapezoidal, exposed-fastened profile. VersaGard comes with factory-applied butyl sealant already in the base; the S-5!-patented reservoir conceals the sealant from UV exposure, preventing drying and cracks. A VersaGard pipe snow-retention system functions without cluttering the lines of the roof. It also can be used in lieu of an L-foot to support the installation of photovoltaic panels. VersaGard works with most rail or racking systems and can be oriented parallel or perpendicular to the roof line.