To help cut the costs of solar farther SMASHsolar has introduced a new, direct mount system for installing solar power. The company said that it can halve the amount of time it takes to install a system, reducing the cost of solar installations by 15 cents per watt.
While a rooftop mounting system isn’t the most impressive part of a solar array, it is an important aspect of it and represents an opportunity to further reduce the cost and installation time it takes to install a solar system. Hence companies that have developed innovative racking systems or have had their technologies purchased by larger solar companies like SolarCity, which purchased ZEP Solar’s racking system in 2013 and SunPower introduced its Equinox mounting and racking system for home rooftops in 2016.
“It is clear that the solar industry’s rapid growth is reaching an inflection point. We must leave behind outdated ideas and embrace the potential for full adoption of solar,” said Troy Tyler, SMASHsolar CEO and Founder. “SMASHsolar is dedicated to making solar accessible by all and our first product does just that. SMASHmount is a disruptive force that transforms residential installations.”
The new SMASHmount system, according to SMASHsolar, is the world’s first direct-attach solar module, it halves the amount steps needed for installation and reduces the amount of parts needed to install a system to two. The company’s solar panels are mounting-integrated, snap together and attach directly to a residential shingle roof in less than half the time of traditional mounting systems. For its snap together ease the system is nicknamed “solar LEGOS.”
SMASHsolar is using Sunpreme’s bi-facial dual-glass PV modules, which capture reflected sunlight as well as direct sunlight. “Sunpreme is excited to support the integration of SMASHmount system with our GxB 310 and GxB310 Smart modules with integrated optimizer,” said Homi Fatemi Sunpreme's SVP of Global Business Development & Strategic Partnerships. “We have enjoyed strong growth in the residential market. We understand our installers' need to reduce cost and complexity. The SMASHmount system has impressed us on both scores."
“SMASH is designing products that make solar power like any other household appliance—affordable, beautiful to live with, and easy to install,” said Neil Goldberg, SMASHsolar chief design officer.
Installers are already showing interest in adopting the system. ”SMASH is changing the way solar is installed,” said George Gutierrez II, CEO of Texas’ Solar Alliance. “In our competitive market we are looking for ways to win customers and cut costs. SMASH achieves both with its elegantly designed and quick to install SMASHmount system.”Tweet