With the demand for sustainable power on the rise, building owners and homeowners alike are turning to solar power as a supplemental power generator. Choosing the right platform for the solar panels is a critical step in the design process and can have a significant impact on both initial and long-term costs. This course discusses the basics of photovoltaic systems, including the components and rooftop applications. Comparisons between traditional roofing and standing seam metal roofing platforms are examined, and the benefits of a non-penetrating clamping system are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the basics of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, the components, their energy efficiency, and rooftop application
  • Summarize steps of the design process for solar-ready roof including the durability of the roof material selection and solar panel orientation.
  • Explain why a long-lasting metal roof is a perfect solar platform including their durability, recyclability and sustainability
  • Discuss how non-penetrating mounting systems are easily installed, economical, help mitigate wind uplift and reduce damage to the roofing material