Solar Builder

JUL-AUG 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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SOLARBUILDERMAG.COM | 37 Intersolar Preview Stop by RBI Solar's booth for turn-key ground-mount options RBI Solar, a Gibraltar Industries company, is a leading solar mounting solutions supplier in the United States. As a single-source provider, RBI takes responsibility for the design, engi- neering, manufacturing and installation of the most efficient ground mount, canopy, roof mount and ballasted racking systems in the marketplace. With 85+ years of experience in the commercial design-build specialty struc- tures market, RBI provides value from project conception to substantial completion. In 2017 alone, RBI completed over 1 GW of solar proj- ects. Its experience in completing multiple commercial and utility scale projects, com- bined with an in-house team and a network of installation crews, allows it to complete proj- ects on time and within budget. Booth 9521 Nclave Recently acquired by TrinaSolar, this international tracker has beefed up its design S pain-based Nclave keeps on expanding. Founded 12 years ago by the Clavijo Family, it integrated with MFV in 2017. Nclave has installed over 2.5 GW worldwide. Earlier this year, the company teamed up with Trina Solar, a Chinese supplier of global solu- tions for the solar sector, to be a part of its TrinaPro utility-scale solution, which eventually led Trina to acquire a controlling interest in Nclave. Structure Nclave has developed and patented a module mounting design, the Nclave Clamp, that reduces assembly time of modules by more than 75 percent with as low as 50 manhours per MW. It also lessens the weight of the material by more than 30 percent. It includes UL-compliant inte- grated grounding features and has been load tested to UL and IEC standards. Nclave separates the tracker assembly from the module assembly pro- cess to ease installation. The registered purlin allows the system to be pre-assembled on the tracker so modules can be installed with only a nut driver. Installers get rid of dedicated hardware for module installation (no more clips, bolts or rivets) as the U-bolt brackets secure module, purlin and clamp all together with just two nuts: a sandwich-like concept. Software The Nclave tracker controller is part of smart PV solution TrinaPro. The tracker controller is connected with the inverter in order to boost energy yield production: the optimized matching among components and the "Edge Computing" algorithm integration of TrinaPro can improve system stability with higher power generation. The controller is empowered with a smart O&M system on a cloud platform that analyzes and processes data to optimize the system's opera- tion model and ensure the system runs smoothly and efficiently.

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