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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26 M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 8 " Uncertainty of steel pricing is causing customers to look at ordering larger bulk material earlier to hedge. We're taking a pragmatic approach to the big picture and are ready immediately for increased demand for solar racking no matter what the political climate brings. " Goodwin says. "We know of projects where modules change last second because of prices, and we're able to make those changes and adjust to that. That can be difficult if you're having it fabri- cated elsewhere." First Solar ecosystem As mentioned, OMCO is part of the First Solar ecosystem and has a slick module interface bracket (MIB) for First Solar tracker projects as well as an OEM fixed-tilt solution for Series 4 modules with nearly 5 GW of the baseline design installed. The MIB arrives to the jobsite fully assembled — the structural components, module clips, threaded hardware, rub- ber inserts. It slips on over the torque tube with a single car- riage bolt fixing it in place. "The unexpected increase and extension of Series 4 module life was a nice surprise. We have designed a product for almost 6 GW of First Solar projects, and the Field-Fast series is even more tailored to Series 6 when it comes out." Being a First Solar ecosystem partner is just another notch in its bankable, tariff-free value proposition. As First Solar scales and increases production into 2019 and 2020, OMCO is looking to capitalize, no matter what the new steel tariff brings. Chris Crowell is the managing editor of Solar Builder. — Eric Goodwin, OMCO Solar

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