Choosing solar racks – the foundational element of any solar system – is not a decision that can be taken lightly. Many of the roof racking methods and traditional pole-mounted ground mounts that the industry is accustomed to can lead to countless issues during installation. This means delayed project timelines, broken budgets, or worse– not being able to set up the system at all.
In a rapidly-growing industry, technology is evolving every day to combat common challenges. One solution in particular eliminates many of the issues that can derail solar installations.
Powerfield Energy’s PowerRack is a ballasted, non-penetrating, and tool-less surface mount that dramatically reduces installation costs and enables flexible project implementation. This ground mount system allows for easy installation with no digging, no concrete, no ground penetration, no special tools or equipment.
Read on for just some of the ways that the PowerRack can solve solar installation problems.
The problem: Geological Issues
Imagine this: you’ve sunk thousands into site preparation, drilling equipment, and more, only to realize that you can’t finish the job due to an unexpected geological roadblock. Your pole-mounted or steel beam ground mounts simply can’t go into the site that you planned on using, and roof-racking is either too costly or can’t give you the scale you need.
The solution: A dig-free rack
Because Powerfield’s PowerRack sits entirely above the ground – requiring no penetration – you can avoid this risk from the start. There’s no drilling involved, meaning your installation won’t get derailed by underground surprises or penetration issues.
The problem: High Project Costs
Traditional ground-mounted solar racks require extensive site preparation, costly construction equipment, and substantial labor hours. The investment into racks like these can mean that installers won’t see a return for a long time.
The solution: A rack that requires minimal equipment
The PowerRack eliminates the need for specialized equipment & costly construction, as there is minimal site preparation required. PowerRacks are also estimated to cut installation times on fully installed panels by 75%, meaning significantly less spend on labor hours. This helps installers save money in the long run and help you reach your installation cost break-even point sooner.
The problem: Labor Shortages
As the US renewable energy industry booms, many solar EPCs cite labor availability as their main concern. Competition for talent often delays project timelines.
The solution: A rack that anyone can install
While traditional ground mounts require construction of frames, ballasted ground mounts like Powerfield’s PowerRack are a one-piece product that anyone can assemble. This means installers don’t have to wait around for a trained team to get to their installation; they can use local labor and even community volunteers.
The problem: Scalability
Roof racks and traditional ground mounts both present issues when it comes to scalability. Rooves only offer so much space, and ground mounts can’t be easily “tacked on” to existing systems without going through all the steps required to install them in the first place.
The solution: An endlessly scaleable rack
The PowerRack is ideal for expanding solar systems as needs grow. PowerRacks enable you to increase system size without recontracting construction teams or bringing out engineers. This flexible option is also perfect for property owners who see an increase in energy demand over time.
The problem: Portability
While solar systems are typically stationary, portable solar power is becoming more and more in demand. Whether you need solar power for a live event, or you just want to bring your solar system with you when you sell your property, it can be difficult to find a solution that provides portable solar power at the scale you need.
The solution: A rack that is both permanent and portable
Since PowerRacks require no ground penetration, they can be moved as often as needed. They are perfectly stackable in shipping and can easily be transported from one location to the next. They have been used to help power music festivals such as Coachella, workforce training events, and more.
In conclusion, Powerfield Energy’s PowerRack offers an innovative and effective solution to the common problems faced by solar installers. By addressing issues related to geological challenges, high project costs, labor shortages, scalability, and portability, the PowerRack significantly streamlines solar installations and enhances overall project efficiency.
Stop issues before they start by using the PowerRack. Contact us today.