Solar Builder

MAY-JUN 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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18 M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 8 BOS NEW IN Aw Snap We look at the Solar Raceway wire management solution By Chris Crowell F resh eyes are valuable every now and then. That was the position New York Manufacturing found itself in when it was approached by a large building products compa- ny to assist with its wire management needs. Their solar installations were continually plagued by one common theme: wire management. Like many other solar companies before them, their only choice was to manage wire using PVC cable trays or an extremely labor intensive EMT conduit. PVC can become brittle in a strong UV environment and it's also a liability in fire prevention scenarios. Surely there was something better. New York Manufacturing actively sought out feedback from dozens of solar installers, electricians and roofing experts. Based on the industry's input, the company started to piece together a solu- tion. The number one feature sought out was the ability to have an open tray, drop-in system. While electricians and installers love their job, they do not enjoy the hurdles of pulling wires. Electricians also expressed a need to armor wires from damage whether it be physical, weather or pesky rodents. The result of these conversations was, Solar Raceway, has grown to become a complete wire management solution for the solar industry. Let's look and see how it addresses the issues. Pop the top off So, something tough that both protects wires and doesn't require wire pulling. It sounds like a bad riddle but after seeing Solar Raceway, the solution seems obvious. The material choice was easy. To hold up in the wide variety of environments and elements that PV systems are exposed to, anod- ized aluminum extrusion was the best choice — a material with a high salt rating that is light weight and recyclable that will last years

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