When you install Ecofoot 2, a modular system for flat-mounted solar installations, almost everyone else with a roof array will be “holier than thou” – but that’s a good thing. The Ecofoot 2, from Athens, Ohio-based Ecolibrium Solar, requires no penetration of the roof – with no anchored or screwed-in mounting mechanisms and no holes into which rain can drip or bugs can enter.
Ecolibrium Solar modernized the flat-roof mounting industry with the launch of the Ecofoot in 2010. The company has announced the upcoming release of Ecofoot 2 – which offers integrated grounding, wire management and increased weatherability through the use of reformulated polymers designed to withstand the elements under a 25-year warranty.
In addition, it comes with PE stamping certification for painless permitting.
“The system is ballasted so it requires no roof penetration, Brian Wildes, founder of Ecolibrium, told Green Technology World. “Our engineers review the local code requirements along with site-specific factors to determine the amount of down force required to secure the system to the roof. We then provide our clients with a PE Certificate detailing how much weight – usually in the form of concrete blocks or wind deflectors – the particular system requires.”
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With the reformulated polymers, corrosion is no longer a consideration. Said Wildes: “Traditionally, roof mounting systems have been made out of metal and incorporate rails. Corrosion, roof damage and grounding have been major concerns for rooftops. With Ecolibrium Solar's polymer-based products, you have a more roof-friendly product design and material, without many of the concerns of metal-based systems.”
Add in a low part count that facilitates a hassle-free install, a modular product body that saves design time and the fact that the Ecofoot 2 requires no customization – and that means lowered lead times for the deployment itself.
“Through supplier relationships, manufacturing technology, nestable product design that reduces shipping costs, and a low part count for fast installation, we save customers, on average, 20 percent to 30 percent of the total racking hardware costs,” explained Wilde.
To date, installations have been done on commercial flat roofs; however, Wilde says the company has “received several requests to quote ground-mount projects, thanks to the material integrity and low profile nature of the product.”
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Edited by Braden Becker