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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24 M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 8 OMCO's Field-Fast racking design incorporates value-added touches that leverage its OEM factory-direct capability. MOUNTING G U I D E Rolling Large Roll-forming leader OMCO rolls out its new factory-direct racking By Chris Crowell I n this uncertain #TrumpTariffs market, many investors have less appetite for newer, less proven systems, seeing that as another avenue of risk in projects where pennies and seconds count more than ever. This puts the spotlight on companies and products that can deliver the most certainty in terms of upfront costs, bankability and logistics. Given that con- text, the 2018-'20 market may not be interested in a new ground- mount PV concept, but the new Field-Fast system from OMCO is an exception that checks all of those boxes and more. OMCO is one of those companies that's been around for decades, supplying more product in the background than you realize. A roll-former that has cultivated relationships with U.S. steel providers since the 1950s, OMCO has provided nearly 8 GW of solar currently in the ground across the globe, working with industry giants like First Solar and Sunpower as a contract manufacturer. So, the history and bankability is there. It wasn't until last year that OMCO decided to jump from more of a supporting actor to leading man with the Field-Fast f ixed-tilt system. The design is inf luenced by its years of experi- ence and incorporates value-added touches that leverage its OEM factory-direct capability, such as pre-assembly and less loose hardware. In large-scale solar projects, small improvements can add up to sizable savings. Now a year after its launch and after a few revisions (a pre- assembled tilt bracket, for instance), OMCO has launched the Field-Fast system into the market. Let's take an in-depth look at how it works and why it might benefit your next project. Inside Field-Fast The key advantage in ordering direct from the factory is reduc- ing the filler material by preassembling as much as possible. The provided Field-Fast parts are boiled down to only five bill of material items vs. multiple pages of line items. Hardware arrives to the site pre-sorted and counted specific to each block for quick staging and identification. "On the EPC side, probably the biggest headache, as a cus- tomer is the number of moving parts," says Eric Goodwin, director of business development from OMCO Solar, who spent part of his

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