TRA Snow and Sun Company News

We’re at Solar Power International in Sunny CA! Stop By and See Us!

It’s a big week for us here at TRA Snow and Sun! This week our team is in Anaheim, California to attend the Solar Power International convention. At SPI, we’ll learn about the newest products and technology in the solar energy industry, share our expertise and (hopefully) soak up a few rays of the California sun.  Stop by and see us at Booth 6814.

About Solar Power International

Established in 2003, the goal of SPI is to provide a place to exchange ideas, knowledge and expertise in efforts to further develop solar energy and its uses. SPI is the largest solar show in North America with more than 15,000 industry professional attendees representing over 75 countries. Over 600 manufacturers, service providers and vendors will be participating in the conference.

What to Look Out For

Earlier this summer SPI was selected to join the International Buyers Program. This program is a joint government-industry exhibition that connects international buyers to the United States. In lei of this, at this year’s SPI there will be sessions like “International Markets: Best Practices from Around the World to Drive the US Market.”

What We’re Doing

Here are the top five highlights from TRA Snow and Sun at the SPI convention:We’ll be
featuring our easy to install and versatile Solar Awning Solution.

  1. Grounding Mid Clamps and Grounding End Clamps-we’ll be introducing this product and demonstrating every half hour how easily they clip into the top channel of our Power Rail.
  2. Prior to the conference, we attained our UL Listing on our Ground Mount System
    marking our product’s credibility and safety. Look out for this newly certified product!
  3. Our displays will showcase our solar flush mount roof attachments, EZ Solar Mount for standing seam metal roofs, Solar Tile Mount for tile roofs, L Foot for asphalt shingles, slate, shingles, etc. Come check out our state-of-the-art products.
  4. You’ll see us in our bright yellow shirts!

 

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We’re excited to be a part of the Solar Power International convention to show our expertise and products while also learning more about the industry. Stop by TRA Snow and Sun’s booth to see what we have on display!

The “Greenest School in Utah” uses TRA Snow and Sun Solar Mounting Solution

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc. of American Fork, Utah supplied the solar mounting system for the award winning Odyssey Elementary School, described by Davis School District as the “greenest school in the state”. 

Woods Cross, Utah, May 2015

The school opened its doors in the Fall of 2014 with students attending class while the solar capturing system was being installed on nearly the entire roof surface.  Although the building was funded by bond money, the solar panel system was paid for by a school district special budget item of $760,000 and a grant from Rocky Mountain Power.  Students have attended the school while the solar array has been installed, witnessing first hand, not only the unique energy savings already in place due to the design of the structure, but the construction of the solar panels.

odyssey elementary goes solar

TRA’s Ballasted Solar Mounting System, installed by Intermountain Wind and Solar, was specifically designed for the project and consists of more than 16,000 parts consisting of tiny nuts and screws to ten foot long rails .  The panels were attached to the rails and mounted on a flat EPDM roof and angled 5 – 10 degrees to capture as much southern sunlight as possible, using ballasts as part of the anchoring system.  In addition, the attachment from TRA is  designed to withstand a 120 mph wind speed and snow load of 34 pounds per square foot.  The solar arrays cover most of the roofing space and support panels that should create approximately 330 KW of electricity.  That amount of energy is expected to generate all of the needed electricity for the building.

solar ballast mount install on school

Jake Owsley of TRA Snow and Sun first learned of the project in June of 2014 and met several times with Intermountain Wind and Solar to design the system.   Owsley states, “This is one of the biggest ballast systems we have done on a public building in the state.. We hope to provide mounting and rail systems for other schools that seek to harness the power of the sun for their energy needs.”

TRA provides solar mounting systems to Intermountain Wind and Solar for many of their projects and found it gratifying to be part of a project with contractors that focus on quality.  Cris Hogan  of Hogan & Associates, the general contractor for Odyssey Elementary stated that “Construction quality makes a huge difference in the ultimate performance of a building.”

The architectural firm,  VCBO Architecture, was presented the Project of the Year award for innovative sustainability at the  ‘Excellence in Construction’ (EIC) Awards banquet March 25 for their energy-saving design. The school is expected to achieve net-zero energy efficiency and will eventually receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-Gold certification which requires at least 60 credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.  It also features many windows for natural lighting, LED lights, a ground source heat pump, and sunshades on some windows that also capture sunlight.

TRA Snow and Sun manufactures solar mounting systems for all types of roofs and provided free engineering services for this project and all others, regardless of size.

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Retention Devices, Solar Mounting Systems and Roof Flashing Solutions. They supply to all types of customers, from the individual homeowner to the big developer and engineered designs of all their systems. For more information call Jake Owsley at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980, jowsley(at)trasnowadsun.com, or visit https://trasnowandsun.com/ solar-mounting/

Solar Mounting Design by TRA Snow and Sun Creates Awning Solar Array That Follows Strict Codes of Brooklyn, New York

TRA Snow and Sun’s One-Stop System, provided free engineering, design layout and project support for a unique solar array on the south wall of the Williamsburg Cinemas (Brooklyn, NY), solving difficult attachment problems.

Brooklyn, New York (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc. of American Fork Utah helped solve a big problem for Bret Heilig of Fiveboro Solar in New York City. When the rooftop space is used up, how do you get more solar panel power? How to mount solar panels to the side of a building and also abide by the strict codes and rules in Brooklyn, NY?

NeWall Mount Solar Array on Williamsburg Cinemasw York State encourages solar photovoltaic energy-producing investment by homeowners and businesses, providing incentives to reduce the installation costs of solar PV through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA.) This and the popularity of solar power has resulted in a total of 316 MW of solar PV being installed or under contract, as of June, 2014 – more than was installed in the entire prior decade.*

Installation of PV has increased in NY and integrators are thrilled with the increase, but even with the incentives, they must also abide by numerous regulations pertaining to solar array installations. While most solar arrays are mounted on rooftops with a southern exposure, using the entire rooftop is not always possible due to local regulations. One restriction in Brooklyn allows for only 25% of the roof space to be utilized for solar panels and also requires room on the roof for fire and emergency personnel to move around. So sometimes “canopy” systems are built for solar panels. The framework of a canopy system allows for panels to be mounted 9 feet above the roof which allows space for people to move underneath the panels.

Fiveboro Solar installed a solar canopy on the Williamsburg Cinemas in Brooklyn, New York, which had many roof obstructions. They adhered to the 25% restriction of available roof space. But this wasn’t enough energy for the modern looking theater complex with sleek architectural styling and a 3-story wall of windows. How do you get more power without using up more roof space?

Wall Mount Solar Panel Array An awning system, which mounts the solar panels on a wall, was considered but there were road blocks. The city has a another rule that solar panels cannot protrude from the structure more than twelve inches. There is also a restriction on how much wall space the panels can take up. In this area, that restriction was the same as the canopy system on the roof – 25% of wall space. Bret Heilig of Fiveboro Solar couldn’t find a solar mounting company that could create a system with these unique requirements.

According to Heilig, “I kept hearing from solar mounting companies that their product could only go on at a fixed depth and they couldn’t do anything unique. And this project was unusual. I finally found TRA Snow and Sun who said no problem. It was one-stop shopping with TRA. They gave us the total package, specific engineering for the project, design layout and support the whole way.”

The result is a solar array that hugs the south wall of the building, blends in well with the modern design of the building and also adheres to the specific zoning requirements of the area. The resulting 11 KW of power adds to the panels on the roof and together they contribute approximately 30% of the electric needs of the theater.

Fiveboro is now using this method of attaching solar panels using TRA Snow and Sun’s Awning solution on one of their next projects – the Parks Department technical building on Randall’s located on the East River, between East Harlem, the South Bronx and Astoria, Queens. That project should be completed before year’s end.

Owner Bret Heilig of Fiveboro Solar is an NABCEP certified PV Installer, a Licensed Electrician in the State of California, and a proud alumnus of Solar Energy International. He has participated in the construction of over 5 MW of PV since 2005, of which he designed over 1 MW himself. Contact Fiveboro Solar at (855) 348 – 2676.http://www.fiveborosolar.com

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Retention Devices, Solar Mounting Systems and Roof Flashing Solutions. They supply to all types of customers, from the individual homeowner to the big developer and free engineered designs of all their systems. For more information call Jake Owsley at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980, jowsley(at)trasnowadsun.com, or visit https://trasnowandsun.com/ solar-mounting/

 

 

TRA Snow and Sun Owner Works with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on New Tile Roofs That Are More Energy Efficient and Provide System Wide Warranty

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose standard plans division shifted away from using concrete tile roofs on meetinghouses, is once again designing roofs with an energy efficient, fully warranted tile system using the expertise of Terry Anderson, owner and founder of TRA Snow and Sun, Inc.

Midway, UT September 03, 2014

Counter-batten system

This system allows air movement underneath the tile , which increases the life of the underlayment, cools the structure in the summer by allowing heat to escape, and keeping the roof an even temperature in the winter which reduces the risk of ice dams at the eave. Ultimately this will not just result in a longer life cycle for the roof, but also provide savings in energy.

In the 1970’s, the LDS Church studied which roofs would provide them with the best “life-cycle cost” and decided that concrete tile roofs was the best option. They incorporated a standard plan for meetinghouses nationwide that specified concrete roof tile which Terry Anderson assisted in designing and writing.

When the architectural specifications were finished Anderson recalls, “I thought it was the best tile roof spec in the industry.”

The practice of specifying and installing concrete tile roofs continued until the mid 1990’s and Anderson was a consultant on many of them. But, a system-wide roof warranty from tile manufacturers was not required on those projects (they warrant only product) and when roofs failed due to damage from sliding snow and ice, vandalism and original installations that did not follow architectural specifications, Church leadership switched over to asphalt shingles and other roofs that warranted the entire roof system.

In the last few years, there has been a new desire to offer other roof standards for Church meetinghouses including a system warranted concrete tile roof and Terry Anderson, who now owns TRA Snow and Sun, is once again advising the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on roofs of new meetinghouses.

Anderson is well known in the roofing industry for his expertise in concrete tile (i.e.: Bartile, Eagle Tile, Boral Tile) and for inventing the original Snow Bracket for tile. Anderson is best known forco-authoring the Concrete and Clay Tile Roof Design Criteria Manual for Cold and Snow Regions. He is a long-standing member of the TRI (Tile Roof Institute) and the Western States Roofing Contractors Association and also contributed to the content of the Moderate Climate Guide Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual for Moderate Climate Regions.

“I have always believed that tile roofs are the best choice if you want a good life-cycle cost, so I was frustrated the Church moved away from tile. As a general rule asphalt shingles on the churches have only been lasting about 17 years and then they have to be replaced. Most concrete tile lasts much longer than that if installed properly. I am happy to be helping the Church design new specifications and details and work with them to get a complete tile roof system with a system warranty.”

The new LDS Church specification that Anderson is helping design is considered a “cold roof system.” The new specification calls for a counter-batten system. This system allows air movement underneath the tile , which increases the life of the underlayment, cools the structure in the summer by allowing heat to escape, and keeping the roof an even temperature in the winter which reduces the risk of ice dams at the eave. Ultimately this will not just result in a longer life cycle for the roof, but also provide savings in energy.

Eagle Tile, of Southern California, and Bartile, of Centerville, Utah, are training installers whose certification they will stand behind, insuring that the on-site installers know exactly how to properly follow the church specifications. Both companies are currently working with the Church to provide warranties for not just their tile, but the entire roof system. This is possible due to detailed specifications, clearly drawn details, certified installers, inspections at key points in the construction process, and at completion, certification that the roof has been installed as specified.

Two roof projects in Utah with concrete tile roofs are being re-roofed using the new, improved concrete tile cold roof system. They are located in Midway and American Fork.

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., is located at 1657 South 580 West, American Fork, Utah. They are dedicated to improving roofing systems with energy efficiency. Supplying to all types of customers, from the individual homeowners to the big developers. For more information about TRA Snow and Sun visit http://www.trasnowandsun.com or call 1-866-963-6511.

The Provo Office of the Bureau of Reclamation Doesn’t Just Reclaim Water: A New Solar Panel System Using TRA Snow and Sun’s Solar Mounting System Captures Energy

The Provo Office of the Bureau of Reclamation installs solar panels using local supplier, TRA Snow and Sun’s solar mounting system, capturing about 24 KW of electric power. They are planning for more panels in the near future.

The Provo Office of the Bureau of Reclamation completed a ground Solar Ground Mount Systemmount, 96 panel solar energy system in a former unused grassy area on the south side of their building located at 302 East 1860 South in Provo this summer. Local company, TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., of American Fork, Utah, manufacturer of solar mounting systems and snow retention systems, supplied the ground mounting for the panels and Intermountain Wind and Solar was the integrator.

The Bureau of Reclamation office is a regional office for the Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation whose
mission is “to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.” It is the agency responsible for many dams and water conservation projects in the western US. Established in 1958 in Spanish Fork, the Provo regional office has been located in south Provo’s East Bay Business Center since 1984.

As part of the mandate by the federal government’s Renewable Energy Priority Goal, Reclamation’s 2014 budget includes money to help integrate large and smaller amounts of different renewable resources such as wind and solar into the electric grid.

According to Josh Kresge, Engineering Technician, the Provo Office, has been proactive regarding this goal by removing the water-absorbing grass and recreating that space into an energy producer. “The solar project was part of an effort to protect our environment by becoming more energy efficient. Our office has also recently updated to more energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems, zero-scaped the property using native plants and rocks, and installed a rain water harvesting system.” Residents of the community along Utah’s Wasatch mountain range know that there is an environmental pollution problem, particularly in the winter when inversions trap particulates in the air. Kresge added, “We need to be proactive when it comes to the environment. That is obvious by looking up at our sky in the winter.”

The expected energy capture of the office’s new solar system is about 24 KW of DC power, which will invert to about 19 KW of AC power. TRA’s Ground Mount supporting rails and hardware, anchored to the ground where the lawn used to be, are part several basic components: 8 solar panel arrays aligned into two parallel rows ground-mounted on the south side of the office building; a circuit combiner box located next to the arrays; 3 DC disconnect switches located above the circuit combiner; 3 DC/AC inverters located inside the building’s electrical room; and a utility disconnect, production meter and net meter located on the east side of the office building. The system also features a device to measure electric output, diagnose problems and monitor and record overall system function. Since 2009, Provo City has a cap on net-metering at 25 KW of AC power. The next phase will add more panels to reach this cap and attach to the two rows of the original project.

Jake Owsley of TRA Snow and Sun explains that his company is working to engineer the next phase of the project which will also use the Ground Mount System. “TRA Snow and Sun engineers all our solar mounting systems for free based on specific needs like the ones at the Provo Reclamation office which included a southern exposure, 46 pounds per square foot snow load and desire to keep the array under the height of the window sill line. The Provo Bureau of Reclamation solar mounting system was a custom Ground Mount System and not something we stock, so a lot of design and engineering went into this project. We are all ready for the next phase, which will be similar.”

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Retention Devices, Solar Mounting Systems and Roof Flashing Solutions. They supply to all types of customers, from the individual homeowner to the big developer and free engineered designs of all their systems. For more information call Jake Owsley at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980, or visit https://trasnowandsun.com/ solar-mounting/

The Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation was established in 1902 and is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. For more information visit their website at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/provo/aboutus/pao_welcome.html

Intermountain Wind and Solar, located in Woods Cross Utah, is the region’s leader installer of renewable energy systems, including solar and wind power products, as well as generators and off-grid systems. For more information call Jack Matsen at (801) 298-5255.

TRA Snow and Sun Designs New Tile Vent for National Customer

TRA Snow and Sun has redesigned TileVent to meet higher tile roof ventilation needs on Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouses. Natural resources are conserved when tile roof ventilation is installed.

TRA Snow and Sun of American Fork, Utah, recently created a newTile Vent installation

TileVent to be used on meetinghouses for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) with tile roofs. The new TileVent is wider with more ventilation holes than the regular TRA TileVent.

TileVent is a lightweight, corrugated aluminum or copper product used to flash the ridge or hip of a tile roof while, at the same time, allowing air flow from the lower part of the roof to vent up and out through the ridge.

Why is air flow from the eave to the ridge important?

TRA President, Terry Anderson, explains, “If you have ever worked in an attic space on a hot summer day you know how stifling and miserable it can be up there. Obviously roofs and exterior surfaces get hot from the sun during daytime hours and that radiant heat enters the building, in turn heating the air molecules which then naturally travel upward. By venting the roof system, the warm air is sucked out the ridge as cool air enters at the eave. The escaped hot air is replaced by cooler air, thus keeping interior temperatures lower.” In other words, venting promotes a constant temperature from eave to roof ridge, reducing ice dams in winter months while providing energy efficiency and reducing costs all year. Condensation issues are also prevented.

A side benefit is that limited natural resources are conserved because buildings that are vented this way use less energy for cooling. According to a study done by Oakridge National Laboratory, “Venting caused a significant 50% reduction in the heat penetrating the conditioned space compared to the direct-nailed asphalt shingle roof that is in direct contact with the roof deck.*”

TRA Snow and Sun’s regular TileVent, available in 25 foot rolls in widths from 9.5″ – 15.75″, conforms to the surface of the roof at hip or ridge and can stretch up to 30%. It is ICC approved for fire, rain, and dust. Standard installation calls for one roll of TileVent to be placed over the ridge and then adhered down on each side of the ridge on top of the roofing product. A butyl adhesive strip prevents driving snow or rain from entering the roof and allows for 10.3 square inches of net free airflow per running foot of roof.

Most LDS Church meetinghouses have a longer eave to ridge span than the average tile roof building. Creating airflow from eave to ridge over a long length of roof requires much greater exhaust per running foot, hence the new LDS designs which are 11″, 13″, and 17.75″ wide. The 17.75″ wide vent is applied the standard way (one piece running down the ridgeline) but the 11′ and 13″ vent products are applied on both sides of the ridge, rather than one strip wrapping the ridge. All three designs allow for a lot more air flow than the standard – 17.8 square inches of air flow per lineal foot for the 11” wide material, 22 square inches of air flow per lineal foot for the 13” wide material. The 17.75″ wide TileVent used on the LDS church provides more ventilation holes than the standard tile vent which provides 16.2 square inches of air flow per lineal foot.

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc encourages customers to contact them about special products like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did. Oftentimes new products like this one become available for all other customers.

*William A. Miller, Ph.D. Buildings Technology Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Study Cited: Steep-slope Assembly Testing of Clay and Concrete Tile with and without Cool Pigmented Colors – October 2005

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Retention Devices, Solar Mounting Systems and Roof Ventilation and Flashing Solutions. They are dedicated to improving roofing systems with energy efficiency. Supplying to all types of customers, from the individual homeowners to the big developers. Their engineered designs are always free for all types of systems. For more information call Devin Hancock at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980, devin(at)trasnowandsun(dot)com, or visit https://trasnowandsun.com/product-category/ventilation-flashing/.

 

 

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc. Offers Roof Snow Retention Specification Details Online

CAD Details LogoIn response to requests from architects and other construction specifiers, TRA Snow and Sun has added CAD details of many of their roof snow retention devices for easy access online.

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., of American Fork, Utah, has recently provided their newly updated CAD details for their roof snow retention devices on their website – trasnowandsun.com.

Architects and specifiers are gradually moving away from keeping large volumes of information in their offices and many also work on their projects during non-business hours.  They have indicated some preferences as to how manufacturers can assist them to make their jobs easier.  One way is for manufacturers to provide online versions of their product data sheets, specifications and computer aided drawings.

TRA Snow and Sun President, Terry Anderson, patent holder on snow retention devices and other Snow and Sun products, expressed his desire to accommodate architects’ wishes.  “Obviously our world has changed.  In the old days I would drop off a binder full of product brochures, specifications, and drawings at an architect’s office, he would put it on his shelf, and then convert those later to use on his projects.  I would make in-person calls to update that information.  With the advent of our Information Age, most architects prefer a simpler and more timely and accurate method of obtaining their information.”

TRA Snow and Sun on CAD DetailsAvailable now by choosing the “CAD Details” button on the main navigation bar at trasnowandsun.com, are details for Snow Brackets™ A-L, details for all concrete tile manufacturers, asphalt, slate, metal and ceramic tile manufacturers, and decorative snow maple leaves, moose, bear and others).   There are also details for Gutter Brackets, Clamp-on Snow Fences, Deck Mount Snow Fences and their patented Ridge Riser.

Although the company still offers hard copies of all their information, they anticipate requests for information provided the old-fashioned way will continue to dwindle.  Taea Hall, Marketing Director, is spear-heading the effort to put all of TRA’s product details and drawings online, including their ventilation devices and solar mounting products.  ”CAD Details helps TRA Snow and Sun stay more connected to architects and specifiers.  Posting CAD Details on our website makes it easy to keep the information up to date and pertinent. Architects and specifiers don’t have to worry anymore if our information
is out of date.”

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Retention Devices, Solar Racking Systems and Roof Ventilation and Flashing Solutions. They provide all customers, from the individual homeowner to the big developer, free engineered designs for all their systems. For more information call Robyn Finch at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980 or visit www.trasnowandsun.com

PDF version CAD Details

TRA Snow and Sun promotes Taea Hall to Marketing Manager

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., manufacturer of engineered roof snow retention and solar mounting systems, has promoted Taea Hall to Marketing Manager. 

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc. has promoted Taea Hall to Marketing Manager.  Taea contributes with quick learning and new ideas for TRA Snow and Sun’s growing customer base.

Taea Hall has been with TRA since July, 2013 and previously managed the front office.   In her role as Marketing Manager, she will be responsible for managing and developing website content, managing search engine optimization, website, social media, printed and online literature and create innovative and effective marketing programs.   Working alongside the sales team, accounting department and the production team, Taea brings her unique creativity and experience to the promotion of TRA Snow and Sun’s 100% American roof accessory manufacturing business.

Laurie Anderson, CEO, comments, “Taea brought a dynamic energy to TRA Snow and Sun.  It didn’t take us long to realize her talents and intelligence were under-utilized.  After serious consideration we realized that our new marketing manager was right under our noses.”

“I think the hardest part for a new employee would be to learn all of the amazing things that we do here from snow retention to extremely unique solar mounting systems. I believe with all my previous knowledge, I can hit the ground running with our new marketing strategy.”

Her promotion to Marketing Manager did come as a shock. “I was very surprised when the owners offered me this position, but excited about how much I could learn. Marketing is a whole different side to a company and what a great experience it already has been,” says Taea of her new position.

Taea studied at University of Washington in Seattle, WA where she earned a bachelor’s in Mathematics. She also has a Masters degree in Education from Kaplan University. TRA Snow and Sun believes that she will bring a fresh approach to the company’s expanding marketing division.

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Retention Devices, Solar Racking Systems and Roof Ventilation and Flashing Solutions. They provide all customers, from the individual homeowner to the big developer, free engineered designs for all their systems. For more information call Taea Hall at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606- 8980 or visit www.trasnowandsun.com

TRA Snow and Sun Develops New Solar Mounting Design for East-West Facing Solar Mounting Project in Las Vegas

TRA Snow and Sun’s new elevated solar mounting design for non-south facing home enables homeowner to qualify for rebate and can be used on future similar projects

Robco Electric, Inc. of Las Vegas, Nevada, was faced with a difficult solar panel design.  Their residential customer wanted to qualify for a rebate from NV Power for a photovoltaic solar system on his house.  One of NV Power’s requirements was that the solar panels face no more than 70 degrees from true south, but his roof was complicated.  It had an east-west orientation, was concrete tile with a 4/12 slope, and the system had to withstand a 120 mph wind speed.  This set of circumstances was not conducive to any solar power system.  Fortunately for Robco and the homeowner, TRA Snow and Sun was able to develop a new elevated solar mounting system specifically for this set of circumstances.  From now on this application will be available to other TRA customers in similar situations.

Gotilla Residence Robco April 2014 30Bruce Roguel, Robco Sales and Marketing Director, described TRA’s new solution as “elegant in its simplicity” compared to how this issue had been handled in the past on a similar roof plan.   “There was a homeowner about a year ago who wanted to obtain a rebate but couldn’t find anyone who could create a system with the strange angles needed to qualify for the rebate. His house faced north and south but the south side was completely shaded.  We helped him develop a home-made system using metal studs for mounting brackets.  He painted them and bolted them to roof.  It looked like a space ship had landed on his roof but he got the rebate!”

Such a homemade system employing steel and aluminum can cause corrosion and other problems due to the dissimilar metals.  As such, Robco was eager to find another solution in the future.  TRA engineers worked out a new way to mount the panels on a sloped roof that does not face south, that also avoids the problems associated with the dissimilar metal (steel and aluminum) which the homemade system incorporated.  It looks sleek and clean while meeting all the requirements from NV Power.   The homeowner was able to obtain his rebate which ended up being approximately $10,000.

Jake Owsley, of TRA Snow and Sun, states “We are happy to have found a solution to the problem of east-west facing roofs that can be duplicated on other projects.   It will enable other NV Power customers to qualify for rebates when they become available later this year.”  TRA Snow and Sun provided the engineering and design layout for free and provides this service free of charge for all customers.

Robco Electric has been serving Las Vegas since 1997 and installed hundreds of solar PV systems.   Robco’ s team has over 30 years of experience in the solar industry and prides itself on using high quality American-made products backed by 100% customer service.  702-614-4900. Visit their website at www.gsesolarlasvegas.com.  For more information contact Bruce Roguel (brucer@robcoelectriclv.com).

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Retention Devices, Solar Mounting Systems and Roof Flashing Solutions. They supply to all types of customers, from the individual homeowners to the big developers.  Their engineered designs are always free for all types of systems. For more information call Jake Owsley at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980, jowsley@trasnowandsun.com, or visit https://trasnowandsun.com/product-category/solar-mounting/

TRA Snow and Sun Helps Camp Kostopulos for Disabled Individual Prevent Possible Injury from Sliding Snow and Ice

Camp Kostopulos’ new Equestrian Center experienced avalanching snow and ice during it’s first two winters, so TRA Snow and Sun installed a snow retention solution to project disabled campers in 2014.

In 2012 when TRA Snow and Sun of American Fork, Utah established their new mission statement to include offering roof snow retention and solar mounting products “that provide the ultimate in protection” for people and property, they didn’t know how important this focus might be for disabled individuals in 2014.

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Just a short drive north along the Wasatch Front, Camp Kostopulos, a camp for disabled individuals, also has a mission statement that focuses on the value of human life.  They are “dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities” and endeavor to open a world of opportunities for people with disabilities.  During the winter of 2014, the focus of both companies combined to provide safety for campers who use the new Equestrian Center which had experienced a serious problem from dangerous falling snow and ice.

According to Jacob Anderson, TRA Snow and Sun Sales Director, the 62 pounds per square foot snow load on the building’s 5/12 pitched standing seam metal roof had fallen victim to the ferocious forces of sliding snow and ice during the winters of 2012 and 2013. This caused the gutters along the front of the 200 ft. long and 100 ft. wide arena to be torn off. Sliding snow and ice can avalanche off and literally kill an unsuspecting person unexpectedly and can damage
anything in its path on the ground.

Mircea Divrician, who began as a counselor at the camp in 1998, and stayed on to become Executive Director of the Kostopulos Dream Foundation, realized that there was a real possibility for tragedy to a camper or staff member going in or out of one of the buildings if something wasn’t done.  “We built the Equestrian Center two years ago but didn’t plan on putting snow clips on the roof.  We didn’t foresee how much of a threat the snow could be!  The first winter was horrible.  We get a lot of snow in Emigration Canyon and then there would be a nice sunny day and the snow melts and then, boom, a huge chunk of snow comes down.  So we installed gutters with heat tape, but the second winter the snow came down and smashed the gutters.  Another time a huge chunk of snow came down and when it hit the ground it fell back onto the side of the building, causing damage to the metal panels.  We knew this was a real hazard for the people around this building and the vans and cars parked right outside.”

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., obtained the key data needed (snowload, slope, type of roof, etc.) and provided an engineered layout for the north side of the building. TRA Snow and Sun, Inc used their Universal Snow Guard and specified spacing them throughout the span of the roof approximately every six to eight feet. The system was installed this year and Divricean anticipates no further problems from the dangers of snow and ice on the roof next winter. President of TRA Snow and Sun, Terry Anderson, was glad to be part of this project. “We do many snow retention projects, but whenever we get a call to be part of something that focuses so much on improving the quality of life for special people like those who use Camp Kostopulos,we really like it. I got into the roof snow retention business originally because I couldn’t stand the thought of someone being injured by falling snow and ice from a roof.”

At Camp Kostopulos kids, teens, and adults with disabilities enjoy riding horses, swimming in a heated pool, fishing in a trout pond, utilizing a ropes course, canoeing, creating arts and crafts, and more. Since 1967, the Kostopulos Dream Foundation has been dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the medium of recreation and leisure education

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Retention Devices, Solar Mounting Systems and Roof Flashing Solutions. They supply to all types of customers, from the individual homeowner to the big developer and free engineered designs of all their systems. For more information call Terry Anderson at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980 or
visit https://trasnowandsun.com/product-category/snow-retention/

Camp Kostopolus-Ace Gutter 3Camp Kostopulos, accredited by the American Camp Association, is a residential summer camp where kids, teens, and adults with disabilities are able to choose from two options a five day residential camp or travel trips. For more information contact Mircea Divricean, Executive Director Kostopulos Dream Foundation,4180 Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, Phone: (801)582-0700, Fax: (801)583-5176, mdivricean@campk.org. Visit http://www.campk.org/.

 

TRA Snow and Sun Provides Solar Mounting for Dominican Republic Solar Market

TRA Snow and Sun of Utah Provides Solar Mounting for Banco BHD in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, has added another foreign country to its list of out-of-the -USA solar mounting system customers – the Dominican Republic. MPG & Associates completed the 34.8 KW solar panel system using TRA’s elevated mounting system in February 2014

The Banco BHD, located in Santo Domingo (the capital city), is the first project TRA Snow and Sun has done in the Dominican Republic. However, they have worked with other Latin American customers before, engineering and shipping solar mounting systems to the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of Mexico, Costa Rica, and Brazil.

Banco BHD, a commercial bank that is promoting green concepts, decided to take advantage of some government incentives, used TRA’s 10 Degree Elevated Solar Mounting system on a concrete roof. Currently residential and commercial customers in the Dominican Republic can qualify for a 40% percent discount on the investment of panels and inverters, according to Dave Paiewonsky, Vice President of MPG and Associates, which has been operating in the Dominican Republic for 26 years.

solar racking, solar mounting, solar mounting systemsWith the demand for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy across Latin America and the Caribbean poised for explosive growth through 2017*, TRA Snow and Sun was fortunate to get its foot in the door. TRA Sales Representative, Jake Owsley, worked with the project manager and TRA’s engineers to design the solar mounting system, using information provided by MPG. The system was designed to meet wind uplift requirements, wind sheer and download requirements. “This job went very smoothly, going from first contact to completion in three months, which is the way we like to do it. We are happy to provide our systems for another international market.” TRA Snow and Sun states that with the correct information including; roof type, wind speed, slope, building, height, etc. they will engineer a complete layout and design in 48 hours.

The future looks bright for photo-voltaic in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Solar Market Research and Analysis Firm, Solarbuzz, states that “The Dominican Republic aims to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025, and to reduce its carbon emissions by 25 percent from 2012 levels by 2030. The nation’s Renewable Energy Law offers financial incentives such as tax exemptions, a feed-in-tariff (FiT) and a national fund for renewable energy.”** Recent Dominican Republic government acceptance of large solar projects, such as a 64MW solar park to be completed in Monte Plata (which will provide electricity to that province) means that they are inching toward their goal to get 25 percent of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2025.

The Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation with the second largest economy and is also is the most visited destination in the Caribbean.

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Solar Mounting Systems, Roof Snow Retention Devices, and Roof Ventilation and Flashing Solutions. They provide all customers, from the individual homeowner to the big developer, free engineered designs for all their systems. For more information call Jake Owsley at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980, jowsley@trasnowandsun.com or visit http://www.trasnowandsun.com.

MPG & Associates is a 26 year old company based in the Dominican Republic specializing in efficient air conditioning systems, solar energy and electrical works. For more information contact David Paiewonsky at (809) 222-3814; dpaiewonskyg@gmail.com

  • Renewable Energy World.com, January 02, 2013
  • **Emerging PV Markets Report – Latin American & Caribbean, SolarBuzz.com

 

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TRA Snow and Sun Announces New Cost-Saving Deck Mount Snow Fences

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., is now offering new Deck Mount Snow Fence designs that will save the end user money.

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., well known for their Snow Bracket snow guards and engineered snow retention system, has developed new lower cost deck mount snow fence called the Mount Shasta and Diamond Mount.

Terry Anderson, President, explains why the company, which also offers individual snow guards and other snow fences, decided to expand their product line.  “Our other snow fences have been very successful but we wanted to provide a less expensive option.  The Mount Shasta Deck Mount fits this need while still providing superior protection from sliding snow and ice.”

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The new deck mount system is designed for installation on most stick framed roof types and works with 3/4” X 3/4” square fence pipe (Diamond Mount style) or 1” (1.315”OD) fence pipe (Mount Shasta style).  Customers can choose from one or two rail designs.

The engineers at TRA Snow and Sun always take the snow load, slope of the roof and roof type into account when calculating how many snow fences are needed and how far apart they are placed on the roof.   The heavier gauge, larger snow fence mounts as well as this new mount are considered for each job.

All three factors determine which snow fence system is recommended.  If, for instance, a roof calculates out to require 1.2 fences from eave to ridge using TRA’s original deck mount snow fences, then two fences are specified because you cannot disregard the need for the .2 of a fence that would hold back snow.  If the new Mount Shasta deck mount snow fence calculates out to 1.8 fences from eave to ridge, that would also mean two snow fences, but the new snow fence clamp is less costly, still ensuring a safe system with less expense to the customer.

The Mount Shasta and Diamond Mount Deck Mount Snow Fences are available in steel, copper and Cor-Ten®, with finishes in raw steel, electro-galvanized steel, hot-dipped galvanized steel, mill finish copper, mill finish Cor-Ten®.  Powder coating is available. These snow fences are used on: asphalt shingle, cedar shingles, flat seam metal, granule metal, metal panel, slate simulated slate, tile roofs and woods shakes.

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Retention Devices, Solar Mounting Systems and Roof Flashing Solutions. They supply to all types of customers, from the individual homeowner to the big developer and offer free engineered designs of all their systems. For more information call Jacob Anderson at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980 or visit https://trasnowandsun.com/product-category/snow-retention/.

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