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PVKIT® Reduces Operating Costs on a Innovative Solar Install

Project at a Glance

“This project was a great candidate for the S-5-PVKIT 2.0 solution. Our client was adamant that we attach the array without any penetrations. Initially, this was a concern due to the high wind load in the area, but with assistance from S-5! support, we found the PVKIT together with the S-5-V Mini was the right choice for our project. 


― Roger Timoteo, The Next Energy Technology, Kenner, LA

The Situation & Results

Liberty Self Storage, dedicated to green energy,
wished to do a solar conversion project for one of its
locations and chose an American flag solar panel array.
They required a penetration-free mounting system that
would allow for flexibility in design and withstand the
area’s high winds.

S-5!’s direct-attach, rail-less PV mounting solution
enabled the customer to achieve a design engineered
to withstand the area’s high winds with zero penetration
to the roof―distributing wind loads more prudently and
uniformly into the structure.

With the standing seam metal roof, good southern exposure, no obstructions, and a clear objective, The Next Energy Technology was able to overcome any and all challenges. As a result, they transformed a solar array into a symbol of freedom in the Deep South –
an American flag.

What Worked?

Solar solution provider, Ontility recommended the
PVKIT direct-attach (rail-less) solar solution paired
with the S-5-V Mini clamp to provide a secure, economical and penetration-free method for attaching solar modules to the metal roof, enabling solar installers to “lay & play” PV modules with tested, engineered,
cost-saving, attachment. The S-5! solution also allowed a precise physical module arrangement to achieve the artistic objective.

In high-wind areas such as this, wind forces will try to tear a roof from its mountings. The exceptional performance of metal roofing in these conditions is due in part to its attachment methods and interlocking installation where panels are interlocked and attached to the structure of the building, reducing the ability of wind to disrupt the roof panels. Standing seam metal has a distinct advantage over other roof types because it serves as a “structural”
covering, meaning it can be engineered to withstand almost any force imposed by wind. It also serves as the perfect platform for mounting solar PV because the structural ribs or seams can be used as inherent
(and cost-free) “rails” for mounting solar PV via reliable
mechanical attachments.

With the help of the PVKIT for this project, they were able to cut material costs in half, including freight costs. Cut installation costs in half, minimized the amount of time workers must spend in harnesses, improved aesthetics, and eliminated the risk of a voided roof manufacturer warranty―no holes/no damage

Long-Term Outlook

With the standing seam metal roof, good southern exposure, no obstructions and a clear objective, The Next Energy Technology was able to overcome any and all challenges. As a result, they transformed a solar array into a symbol of freedom in the Deep South –
an American flag.

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S-5! Products Used

Getting project materials to the jobsite and onto the roof are often considered unavoidable costs associated with solar mounting.

It costs money every time you have to move materials and/or equipment. What if you could greatly reduce the weight and volume of your solar system? 

Using the PVKIT can save you up to 50% in:

  • Hardgoods - For example, a 50kW system requires about 150 lbs. (68kg) of parts vs. 970 lbs. (440kg) of rail.
  • Shipping - 80% lighter weight than rail mounting. Fewer than 3.5 lbs./kW (1.6kg) vs. 19.4 lbs. (8.6kg/kW) for rails.
  • Material transportation to the site - The 50 kW system delivers to the jobsite in the trunk of your car.
  • Lifting equipment not needed -  Equipment is only necessary for projects more than 500kW.
  • Installation time and cost - Locate modules as desired without customizing rails. Installation time is 30-50% less.
  • Aesthetically pleasing - Assembly is available in black architectural anodizing.
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