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First Ever Project to Utilize Four Different Mounting Systems

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KB Racking’s easy to install product portfolio is on full display in Orangeville, Ontario with a 156 kW project that utilizes four of the company’s rooftop mounting solutions. Solar Provider Group’s challenging project consists of two standing seam roofs, one corrugated metal roof and a flat roof. The international EPC Company chose KB Racking as their mounting systems provider for their diverse product line and ability to work with challenging projects.

“We have been working with KB Racking since its inception in 2010 and have worked with almost all of their mounting systems. We have come to rely on their durable, modular designs and quick turnaround on engineering. We decided to take on this challenging project knowing that KB Racking would help us solve for the varied roof types involved and in the end the project was a great success. Our installers completed the mechanical installation of all four systems in less than 3 weeks.” AJ Kiani, Vice President, Global Operations, Solar Provider Group.

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KB Racking’s Head of Product Development, Mohaned Kheir, comments, “The diversity of KB Racking’s product line is a result of the demands of our customers. We respond to the feedback from installers and adapt our designs to their needs and recommendations. This project with Solar Provider Group is a perfect example of that. We took a challenging site and broke it down into a number of solutions, each one unique to the pitch, roof type, and layout requirements of the roof.” The flat and standing seam metal roof portions of the project utilized two of KB Racking’s non-penetrating systems, SeamRack and EkonoRack. The corrugated metal roof required the company’s attached solution, BarnRack, known for its customizable roof hooks that minimize the potential risk of leakage.

RER Energy and KB Racking Complete One of the largest solar projects in Baltimore COUNTY

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RER Energy, an industry leader in solar installations, and KB Racking, a leading North America mounting system company, teamed up to build one of the largest rooftop solar energy system in Baltimore County.

The system was installed on the headquarters of A&A Global Industries Inc., a premiere manufacturer and distributor of toys, candy and novelties for vending, amusement and family entertainment industries. The system, located in Cockeysville, Maryland, will generate in excess of 1,627 kilowatts of clean, renewable energy each year. The PV project has a carbon footprint reduction of 1,410 metric tons of CO2 every year while offsetting 100% of A&A Global Industries’ electricity usage. The company’s Executive Vice President, Steve Kovens commented, “The solar power system at our headquarters is a demonstration of A&A Global’s dedication to sustainability across our business. Our partnership with RER Energy Group provides cost-effective power and helps us meet our environmental goals.”

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RER Energy spearheaded the development of the project, ensuring its engineering, procurement and construction were completed on time and above industry standards. “We have completed projects with KB Racking in the past and knew their reliable installation support was exactly what we needed to complete a project of this size. The EkonoRack mounting solution is the simplest, fastest product we have worked with to date”, Mike Barnes, Project Manager with RER Energy Group.On top of the environmental benefits, A&A Global is projected to pay off the rooftop system in less than four years while saving roughly $9.2 million over the life span of the project, compared to their current electric utility.

Peter Aulich, CEO of KB Racking, commented, “We are thrilled to be working with RER Energy again to equip the A&A Global headquarters with solar energy. Our partnership with RER Energy is continuing to grow and we look forward to working with them to bring more solar energy to the region.”

 

All of KB RACKING’s Mounting Systems Now UL 2703 Classified

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June 28, 2016

KB Racking has completed the certification process of its entire line of mounting systems according to the latest UL 2703 industry standard of integrated grounding and bonding, as tested and certified by Intertek.

“Achieving nationally recognized certification guarantees the highest safety standard for our customers. All of our products have been certified as an entire system to ensure the safety and reliability of every component.”

       — Peter Aulich, CEO
          KB Racking

Intertek performed extensive system testing on all of KB Racking’s mounting systems to classify them according to the latest UL industry standard. The certification signifies another step in KB Racking’s continuous perusal of the highest product and safety standards. KB Racking’s systems now meet all of the electrical safety standards for “Rack Mounted Systems for Photovoltaic Modules” across the United States. ETL’s state of the art electrical bonding tests determined that installers can ground an entire KB Racking array using only one grounding connection.

“Achieving nationally recognized certification guarantees the highest safety standard for our customers,” Peter Aulich, CEO of KB Racking, comments, “All of our products have been certified as an entire system to ensure the safety and reliability of every component.”

KB Racking Now Even Lighter Due To New Parapet Study

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Among the many factors that influence the wind loads on a roof, parapet heights are one of the most counterintuitive. Naturally, one would think that parapets serve to obstruct wind gusts from reaching solar panels. However, this interaction is more complex, and wind loads are generally found to increase with higher parapet walls.  Increased parapet heights tend to directly impact the size of wind vortices formed at building corners and as a result, produce faster wind flows above the roof surface. Known as the “Parapet Effect”, this is influenced by other factors, including panel row spacing, tilt angle, array geometry and location on the roof. Without further research, the influence of the Parapet Effect is usually over-estimated and in turn, design engineers have to over-ballast solar rooftop systems to ensure all complex wind flows are accounted for.

Continuous improvement at KB Racking involves an awareness of the latest research, news, and technologies that drive the solar industry. A recent study, by Browne et al, on the wind loads of rooftop solar systems has led us to explore the Parapet Effect in more depth by investing in additional wind tunnel research. The results of the research study can produce unique advantages, especially for weight-challenged roofs.

The greatest of these advantages, is the practice of calculating wind loads for specific wind directions as well as the area of an array.  These considerations ensure that every array, for each project, is being ballasted individually and accurately – eliminating needless over-ballasting.  As a result, this new method to calculate wind loads allows KB Racking to engineer ballasted systems with lower weight requirements for the EkonoRack and AeroRack rooftop mounting solutions.  This study is just one example of KB Racking’s dedication to continuous research and development in order to provide our customers with custom engineered solutions that are built to last.

KB Racking Installs Non-Penetrating System in California

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Los Angeles, Calif. – April 9, 2015www.kbracking.comwww.a1solarppower.net.

KB Racking, a leading North American solar mounting company, and A1 Solar Power Inc., a premiere California solar installation company, have completed their first co-rooftop project: a non-penetrating rooftop solar system in the state of California.

The project is located on the coast of Corte Madera, just north of San Francisco. The system was installed using EkonoRack 2.0, an aerodynamic mounting solution designed for simplicity and rapid installation. EkonoRack 2.0’s modular design and KB Racking’s custom engineering work allowed the system to be installed a few feet from the coast, without the use of seismic anchors.

“We’re always on the lookout for new and innovative technologies in the solar industry, and to work alongside companies who are making progress in that arena. We found this to be a sleek and simple solution and were thrilled to hear that the system could be solely ballasted without penetrating the roof.”

       — Robin Schneider, VP of Operations
          A1 Solar Power Inc.

“Most parts of California have stringent seismic restrictions set forth by the Structural Engineers Association of California. Our engineering team prepared a custom layout and engineering calculations to ensure that the system adhered to the seismic displacement requirements in the area. We are pleased to have our first non-penetrating system up and running in California and look forward to many more in the coming year.” Alex Taillon, Head of Engineering, KB Racking.

 

 

About A1 SOLAR POWER INC.
A1 Solar Power Inc. is based in California with over 25 years of experience in the alternative energy industry, using current technologies and state of the art techniques to ensure the best possible solar electric system to meet the needs of its customers.

KB Racking Releases Innovative Wire Management Solution

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KB Racking’s product development team has been working closely with industry experts and leading installers to design the new EkonoRack Wire Management Solution. The innovative system features pre-attached roof protection mats and click-in covers for a simple, tool-free installation with maximum protection against the elements. The system allows installers to neatly organize north-south running electrical wires into one, compact channel which is designed to integrate seamlessly with the EkonoRack 2.0 system. The EkonoRack Wire Management Solution is almost half the price of standard cable management systems currently available while maintaining the quality KB Racking is known for.

“We focused our efforts on a solution-based design which required us to collect extensive customer feedback. The result is an innovative, tool-free system that will provide significant savings to our customers.”
Alexandre Taillon, Head of Engineering, KB Racking

The EkonoRack Wire Management solution was recently installed on a 516 kW project in Scarborough, ON. Construction Manager Joergen Kuhn commented, “The EkonoRack wire management system was simple for our crews to get the hang of. It was 30% faster than other cable tray systems we have installed, largely due to the compact design and click-in tray covers.”

KB Racking will be performing installation demonstrations of the new EkonoRack cable management system at Boston’s PV America Expo on March 9 & 10. For more information or a free quote contact one of KB Racking’s Technical Sales Associates.