Snap-together mounting system 'halves installation time'


A Californian company claims its new snap-together PV module mounting system will halve the installation time needed for household solar systems while reducing the skill level required for installation.

Richmond-based SMASHsolar has secured a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) to accelerate development of its SMASH PowerStation and help bring it to market.

According to an article run by news agency Business Wire yesterday (Thursday), the money – the second grant secured by SMASHsolar from the DoE’s SunShot Initiative Incubator Program – will be used to bring in new strategic partners, funders, distributors and manufacturers to bring the product to market.

The first grant awarded to SMASHsolar was to help develop the innovative product.

SMASHsolar founder and CEO Troy Tyler says the simple, snap-together frameless module system can reduce the costs of household solar by halving installation times and the skill levels required by installers.

A recent survey by U.S. solar leasing company SolarCity and Clean Edge found 62% of U.S. homeowners – more than 30 million households – want solar, with only 500,000 systems installed nationwide to date.