Solar energy is the next big thing. Industries like electronic installation services are embracing this new technology, both for corporate responsibility as well profit margins. So it comes as no surprise when the manufacturers behind solar system components; namely, mounting, racking, and tracking, have been studying to see what approach makes them the most profit.
Most people would turn to a pre-assembled racking, which does work well in areas with high labour costs, where keeping the time spent on the installation process as short as possible ensures as much profit as possible for installers. However, the large, pre-assembled racking setups can be more difficult to ship compared to systems that need total or partial assembly, which can then bump up shipping prices for the people handling electronic installation services for the solar power systems who, obviously, want to keep costs down.
Solar FlexRack Executive VP of Sales and Marketing Steve Daniel says they still sell preassembled mounting and racking solutions, but they reported that these only account for about 5% of the company’s sales. So, clearly, not that popular.
Daniel explains that the efficiency of the systems isn’t driven by its state when it arrives on the site, but more on how the companies using them handle in-process engineering, training, as how they install it.
Solar FlexRack has taken to making products like the TDP 2.0 solar tracker, which requires the fastening four separate pieces using two different kinds of bolts and nuts, but is small enough to be shipped preassembled without having to worry about shipping space.
The company, according to Daniel, has made the smart move of changing how solar power systems need assembling, and, consequently, the tools needed for them. Instead of needing welding, newer systems are demanding more common implements; hand tools and power drills, that sort of thing. Things that a normal person would have inside their tool bag, removing the need for specialists and specialised equipment.
Daniel noted, however, that the industry isn’t going to work if the installers don’t build good rapports with the manufacturers, so that everyone knows what’s going on with the things they work with. Makes sense; everything goes so much smoother when people understand what they’re dealing with.