The concept of combining photovoltaic arrays with standing seam metal roofing is growing—and for good reasons. A standing seam metal roof has a life expectancy consistent with that of framed PV modules.
A 30-year power source on a 40-year roof, along with zero-penetration technology, creates the most sustainable roof system available with alternative power generation, all without compromising the roof manufacturer's warranty!
The S-5! U-Mini
The S-5 U-Mini is a medium-duty, non-penetrating seam clamp. It is a bit shorter than the S-5 U and has one setscrew rather than two. The Mini is the choice for attaching all kinds of rooftop accessories: signs, walkways, satellite dishes, antennas, rooftop lighting, lightning protection systems, solar arrays, exhaust stack bracing, conduit, condensate lines, mechanical equipment - just about anything!
Installation is easy!
Installation is as simple as placing the clamp on the seam and tightening the patented round-point setscrew to the specified tension. Then, affix ancillary items using the bolt provided. Thanks to patented round-tip setscrews, S-5! clamps do not pierce metal roof paneling, thereby protecting roof coatings and weather tightness warranties
S-5! PV Mounting Kit for All Panel Thicknesses
The new S-5-PV Kit is one of the first solar module mounting solutions in the industry to be listed to the new UL subject 2703, a standard that covers both bonding and mounting. In order to meet the UL requirements, the S-5-PV Kit had to be submitted for tests, being evaluated under the severest of conditions to confirm that the product would withstand the elements while maintaining electrical conductivity.
Furthermore, the S-5-PV Kit has gained an ETL Listing to UL 1703. UL and ETL listings are widely recognized by most Authorities Having Jurisdiction, which means fewer inspection hassles for installers.
Previously, electrical continuity between modules (called bonding within the industry) required the mounting of an electrical lug to each PV module, and interconnection of the lugs with a copper wire. However, the S-5-PV Kit's groundbreaking NEW stainless steel mounting disk has twelve nodes designed to ensure the module-to-module conductivity of anodized aluminum module frames.
With the new S-5-PV Kit, the module is simply anchored with the kit and automatically provides a ground path in the module frame. No lugs or wire required except to connect one string of modules to another and to ground the system. This connection detail represents installed electrical cost savings of $6-$12 per unit.
In most cases, the savings in time and materials is sufficient to pay for the entire S-5-PV Kit and clamp setup! The S-5-PV Kit continues to be the easiest, most cost-effective way to install solar panels directly to standing seam metal roofs and remains the most popular choice worldwide.