EkonoRack: Driving Innovation in the Canadian Racking Market
KB Racking has been focused on developing innovative solar mounting solutions since the onset of Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff program. In 2011, KB Racking stepped away from the industry standard and designed EkonoRack – Canada’s first foot-based mounting system. The objective was to provide customers with an alternative to the complex and expensive rail-based systems that were dominating the market. Our engineers designed a system with only one major component in order to increase installation speed and decrease equipment costs by half. With now over 17 MW of EkonoRack installed in 15 states and provinces across North America, the system has come to represent quality engineering and on-site experience that Canadian customers can count on.
EkonoRack gained momentum in the US market in 2012 after its first installation in Washington, DC. In October of the same year, six EkonoRack systems in Long Island and New Jersey were hit by Hurricane Sandy’s 185 kilometer per hour winds. Reported to be the second-costliest hurricane in United States history, extreme weather conditions caused great damage to the region. Amidst the destruction, all EkonoRack installations in the area were left completely uncompromised. EkonoRack went on to be the first system installed under Los Angeles’ Feed-in-Tariff program, and had earned a loyal customer base by the end of 2012. EkonoRack was launched into the Canadian market in the summer of 2013 and subsequently began changing the face of the solar mounting industry. Installers and developers alike started favoring the simple, yet durable solution.
Continuous product evaluation and valuable customer feedback led to the release of EkonoRack 2.0 in the fall of 2013. Featuring pre-assembled roof protection mats, a sleeker cost-optimized design and more options for customization, EkonoRack 2.0 became the most customer friendly system on the market. EkonoRack now offers 5, 10, 12 and 15 degree tilt angle options, landscape and portrait configurations and is compatible with all standard 60, 72 and 96 cell panels. With only one major component and a track record of success, EkonoRack 2.0 is the industry standard for simple foot-based mounting systems.
50th EkonoRack project delivered in November 2014.