At the end of September, Solar FlexRack announced that we were introducing the FlexRack Series B, a brand-new ground mounting unit specifically designed to install ballasted PV solar units in atypical terrain such as landfills and brownfields, where ordinary soil penetration is impossible. This new rack is pushing the limits of ground mount engineering, ushering in a new era for ground-mounted solar panel installation.
So how, exactly, is this product different?
The Series B functions by transferring loads to a cement ballast block that relies on the assistance of two supports, rather than one. By using lighter cement blocks for ballasting (in some cases), this split load division allows us to use a front-back or split ballast block arrangement in the field. Since two smaller blocks are used instead of one large one, the lifting machinery requirements are more forgiving; lighter lifting machines are able to be used in low bearing pressure environments.
Best of all, the Series B is fully compatible with all our existing ground racking systems, including the G1, G2, and G3, which are all pre-assembled and designed to be installed using a time-saving, unique “unfolding” process.
In the words of our CEO, “Our new ballasted ground mount solution continues our ongoing drive toward more cost savings for installers and a better ROI for developers. Our flexible racking systems solve the problems that come with difficult, uneven terrain and this new ground mount solution helps reduce the costs when ballasted ground mount systems are required because of soil conditions.”
We’ll be formally unveiling the FlexRack Series B at the SPI 2014 in Las Vegas. You can read more about it here. In the meantime, if you have any questions about our new product or any of our existing offerings, we’re always here to help you out.