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Speeding up the profitability of flat-roof solar installations

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Ecolibrium Solar modernized the flat-roof mounting industry with the launch of the Ecofoot in 2010. Recent usage of the Ecofoot mounting system includes the installation of a 127.5kW solar PV system on two rooftops of a Clarion Hotel in El Centro California. The system is designed to offset a portion of the hotel's electric load and is grid interconnected.

Ecofoot was selected for this recent low slope installation by Soorya Unlimited, a Texas based solar energy developer building projects across the country based upon Ecofoot's high performance and superior value.

Andy Gupta, Soorya's CEO, said, "after a lot of research on ballast mount systems, we zeroed down on Ecofoot by Ecolibrium because of the unique design which reduces the ballast weight requirement considerably with the column structure of the layout as well as providing much larger wind load bearing capacity."

Installing the system on the building's concrete roof presented numerous design challenges, including high wind loads and the owner's requirement that the racking not penetrate the roof.

Photon Solar Power of Escondido CA installed the system and according to Gupta, "The installers from Photon Solar were excited to work with a new product and were very pleasantly surprised with the ease of installation. They installed over 500 panels in a matter of less than a week on three separate buildings."

Roof mounting systems that require penetration of the roof are a potential can of worms. Leaks at the penetration points are not-uncommon over the system's 20-25 years lifetime. This liability increases the risk and total financial burden of property owners.

The newest product, Ecofoot 2, is reshaping flat roof mounting. Introduced at InterSolar North America in July - Ecofoot 2 furthers the advancements made in cost reduction, speed, and roof-friendly features.

By offering integrated grounding and wire management (along with a more durable material) Ecolibrium Solar is driving down the cost of racking hardware.

By ensuring compatibility with all roof types - and the guarantee of zero corrosion - owners realize more long term advantages. Shipping and handling is simplified with the nestable body form, made from Luran S ASA which requires no grounding. Cost, durability, and engineering support make Ecofoot 2 the next step in solar racking.

 

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