Mounting Systems

Is Your Solar Project Ready to Weather the Storm?

It’s official: hurricane season has arrived. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce NOAA and the National Hurricane Center, the season began on June 1st and will continue until November 30th, with experts forecasting a 70 percent chance of between five and nine hurricanes impacting the U.S. Atlantic coast this year. Are your solar projects…

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Project Engineering: It Takes The Right Stuff

In between a great product and a great project lies a great Project Engineering team. At SunLink there are some highly skilled and knowledgeable engineers that optimize our TechTrack and GeoPro mounting solutions so that they fit the needs of every project.  It is this team that is responsible for producing an Engineering Document Package…

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Tracker Design for Series 4 Modules in High Wind Conditions – Part 2

Last week I discussed the first primary consideration when designing a Series 4 tracking solution for high wind conditions – the ability of the system to protect itself in response to real-time environmental conditions. This week, we’ll discuss the second design consideration – optimal module configuration for structural reliability. Optimal Module Configuration Optimal module configuration…

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Tracker Design for Series 4 Modules in High Wind Conditions

There has been plenty of talk about First Solar in recent months, and rightfully so. Most of the news has been around the company’s exclusion from the solar tariffs and the launch of the new Series 6 module with high yield delivered in an optimized form factor that eliminates the balance of systems (BOS) cost…

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Solar Array Foundation Options for Flood-Prone Sites

With the continued growth of solar in the U.S. and the uptick in utility-scale solar projects across the country, there is a continual need for sites that are suitable for solar development. Placing a solar plant on land that floods periodically can sometimes be a solution that makes both practical and economic sense. Such sites…

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Is Your Foundation Design Winter-Proof? Four Steps to Protect Your Solar Investment

Now that we’ve officially entered the holiday season, those of us in the solar industry are reminded of the gift that keeps on giving: frost heave. If you’re constructing a ground-mount system in a winter wonderland, frost heave puts your system at risk with the potential for differential displacement on the foundation and subsequent impact…

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INTRODUCING SUNLINK’S NEW PRODUCT PACKAGES

During Solar Power International 2017, SunLink introduced a completely new set of product packages for its market-leading GeoPro fixed tilt solution and the company’s most technologically advanced tracker available in the market today, TechTrack. The new product packages are designed to take the guesswork out of deciding which solutions best meet our customers’ specific needs,…

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How to Choose the Right Geotechnical Testing Partner

You’re ready to commission a geotechnical survey and reap the rewards of insight and predictability as you tackle your next utility-scale or commercial ground mount solar project.  Now the question remains: Who is the right geotechnical testing partner to get the job done and create the most value for your project? The answer comes down…

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Interpreting Geotechnical Results: What to Look For and How to Best Leverage the Data

Commissioning a geotechnical investigation is an essential part of ensuring that your utility-scale or commercial ground mount solar installation is successful and bankable over the long term. That said, how do you interpret the reports you receive to ensure you’re leveraging the findings to your best advantage? Site Observations and Conditions First, carefully review what…

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Don’t Let Your Soil Eat Away Your Profits

Corrosion involves a complex, open system with many variables. Taking the time to do a thorough geotechnical assessment as part of a commercial or utility-scale ground mount solar project can ensure you understand the interaction of these variables and are able to calculate and design a reliable system for long-term performance. What are those variables?…

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