Unirac, Inc. and PVComplete Partner To Integrate PV Design Software

Unirac, Inc., North America’s leading manufacturer of PV mounting systems, and PVComplete, the first CAD-based software solution specifically for solar, have partnered to integrate Unirac’s online design tool into PVComplete’s PVCAD software to help designers quote solar projects faster.

“We’re always working to develop tools that make designing, permitting and installing our racking solutions as user-friendly as possible, and our partnership with PVComplete is another exciting example of that commitment. We consider software development a key ingredient in our product roadmap for delivering the best possible design experience and we’re proud of what we’re able to provide with PVComplete,” states Ernest Gallegos, Senior Product Manager for Unirac, Inc.

Unirac pioneered solar design software when it introduced its U-Builder online design tool. Now PVComplete has incorporated U-Builder’s engineering and quoting functions into PVCAD to streamline the design, engineering and generation of a bill of materials for Unirac mounting solutions. For the first time, the solar industry has a CAD based solution for not only the layout but also the engineering and quoting of PV racking.

“PVComplete is proud to partner with Unirac as we take PVCAD to the next level. For the first time, users will be able to get instant ballast maps and engineering for PV racking components in PVCAD with the click of a button. Unirac’s commercial product portfolio gives our customers more options for module density and tilt, enabling optimized layout and energy production,” said PVComplete CEO, Claudia Eyzaguirre.

PVComplete contains geometries for Unirac’s ROOFMOUNT commercial flat roof product line: ROOFMOUNT Five-Degree Tilt (RM5), ROOFMOUNT Ten-Degree Tilt (RM10) and ROOFMOUNT Dual-Tilt (RMDT).

PVCAD accurately lays out ROOFMOUNT products and communicates directly with U-Builder through an API to seamlessly access:

  •     Project-specific Bills of Materials
  •     Ballast Distribution Maps
  •     Project Engineering Reports
  •     AutoCAD detail drawings & notes

To kick off the partnership, PVComplete is offering a discount on its PVCAD program for UNIRAC users, as well hosting an educational training webinar on June 21st, 2017. More information on this webinar, and the integration itself, is available at https://unirac.com/software/pvcomplete-integration and http://www.pvcomplete.com/pvcad

About Unirac:

Unirac provides innovative mounting solutions for solar photovoltaics. Recognized for excellence in product development, Unirac has a portfolio of industry leading residential, commercial and utility scale solutions. Our high quality, competitively priced products are enhanced by responsive customer support, integrated software solutions, robust engineering services, certified quality, and supply chain excellence. With over 15 years of customer service, Unirac is fast approaching 5GW of experience and more than 500,000 installations worth of knowledge. Partnering with Unirac leverages experience that makes a difference. For more information, visit http://www.unirac.com.

About PVComplete
PVComplete, an Oakland, California-based solar design-software provider, introduced PVCAD, the first and only CAD for solar. Powered by Autodesk technology, PVCAD rapidly accelerates solar project design and deployment. Solar designers, drafters and engineers use PVCAD to create comprehensive project designs for ground-mounted, rooftop, carport and sloped roof solar projects. For a monthly subscription, designers leverage all the benefits of AutoCAD, plus PVComplete’s layout, energy modeling, electrical diagrams, and equipment library. PVComplete has devised an intuitive solar design platform for solar designers who want the highest standard of prevision and accuracy. PVComplete is integrated into the AutoCAD environment; designers and engineers get solar specific design tools without having to learn a new software. For more information, visit: PVComplete.com or call 1-567-249-9667.

Media Contact: Greg Barnes
Director of Strategic Marketing
Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-462-2160
E: gregb@unirac.com

Unirac, Inc. releases new twenty-five (25) year product warranty for Solarmount, Sunframe Microrail (SFM), Roofmount and Unirac Large Array (ULA) product lines

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Unirac, Inc., a leading manufacturer in the solar industry, releases new twenty-five (25) year product warranty for Solarmount, Sunframe Microrail (SFM), Roofmount and Unirac Large Array (ULA) product lines. The new warranty took effect on February 28th, 2017.

“We seek to provide the most innovative industry-leading solutions to our customers. Unirac now has one of the longest warranties for a racking manufacture in the solar industry,” said December Cowen, Unirac Director of Product Management. “Unirac is excited to offer this to the resellers, installers & consumers of our products. Our goal is to instill the highest level of consumer confidence.”

Unirac is the only PV mounting vendor with ISO certifications for 9001:2015, 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007, delivering the highest standards for fit, form, and function. These certifications demonstrate a high level of excellence and commitment to first class business practices.

“The cornerstone of our success is rigorous testing procedures, proven manufacturing processes and a robust quality control program. Our new warranty confirms Unirac’s commitment to developing and manufacturing the highest quality products,” said Todd Ganshaw, Unirac Director of Product Development.

Unirac’s new 25-year warranty now matches or exceeds many module manufactures’ warranties, allowing Unirac to become part of a systems’ standard warranty package. For more information about Unirac’s new product warranties, visit www.unirac.com.

About Unirac:
Unirac provides innovative solutions for PV racking. Recognized for our excellence in product development, Unirac develops progressive residential, commercial and utility scale mounting solutions tailored for performance. Our high quality, competitively priced products are enhanced by responsive customer support, integrated technology solutions, robust engineering services, certified quality, and supply chain excellence. With over 15 years of customer service, Unirac is fast approaching 5GW of experience with more than 500,000 installations-worth of knowledge. Partnering with Unirac leverages experience that makes a difference.

Media Contact:  Charles Lubecke
Marketing Manager
Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-242-2167
E: charleslubecke@unirac.com

Hunt Electric, Inc. Installs 697kW Solar Array supported by Unirac’s ROOFMOUNT | RM10 atop the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Unirac, Inc. a leading provider of innovative PV racking solutions, was selected by Hunt Electric, Inc. to provide ROOFMOUNT | RM10 for a 697kW solar array atop the flat roof of the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Vivint Solar and Larry H. Miller Group of Companies worked together to bring the approximate 2,700 panel project to a city that is ranked sixth in the nation by the American Lung Association for poor air quality. Throughout its 25-year lifespan, the array will offset the equivalent energy consumption of one million pounds of coal per year. Upon its completion in October 2016, the installation became one of the nation’s largest rooftop solar systems at an indoor sports arena and, in a single year, will yield 2X the required electricity needed to power a season of home games at the arena.

With only two months to complete construction; Hunt Electric led the way by designing the project, procuring materials and managing all on-site installation and commissioning of the solar array. Hunt Electric selected Unirac’s licensed engineers, including in-house staff and a partnership with PZSE Structural Engineers, to provide custom engineered solutions to overcome unique site conditions while still meeting all customer requirements. “Unirac was very responsive, helping drive the project forward while delivering stamped construction documents with custom-tailored calculations in less than three weeks. This was critical in obtaining the permit to keep the project on track.” Deb Henry, Engineering Project Manager for Hunt Electric.

ROOFMOUNT | RM10 is designed with the installer in mind, featuring only two major components with single tool assembly to minimize preparation work and installation time. With two-week lead times, ROOFMOUNT has the fastest delivery in the commercial PV racking industry. “The product was delivered on-schedule and installation was quick and easy. RM10 is an intuitive product with a minimal learning curve.”  Mike Carbine, Foreman for Hunt Electric.

“Hunt Electric established trust with Unirac throughout the development of this project. Unirac’s products and team of professionals deliver additional value to the services we offer our customers. We look forward to expanding our partnership with Unirac on future projects.” Nick Brough, Project Manager for Hunt Electric.

About Unirac, Inc.:
Unirac provides innovative solutions for PV racking. Recognized for our excellence in product development, Unirac develops progressive residential, commercial and utility scale mounting solutions tailored for performance. Our high quality, competitively priced products are enhanced by responsive customer support, integrated technology solutions, robust engineering services, certified quality, and supply chain excellence. With over 15 years of customer service, Unirac is fast approaching 5GW of experience with more than 500,000 installations worth of knowledge. Partnering with Unirac leverages experience that makes a difference. For more information, visit www.unirac.com

About Hunt Electric, Inc.:
Hunt Electric is a full service electrical, infrastructure, renewable energy and technology contractor, since 1986. Hunt Electric provides industry leading services for various commercial, industrial, mining, data centers, institutional, healthcare and resort projects throughout the Intermountain West. In-house, turnkey services range from engineering to construction services for any size projects – known for consistent quality, integrity, performance and versatility in the marketplace.

Media Contact:  Charles Lubecke
Marketing Manager
Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-242-2167
E: charleslubecke@unirac.com

Unirac, Inc. to Unveil New Products to the ROOFMOUNT Product Portfolio – RM5 and RMDT at the 2016 Solar Power International Trade Show

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Unirac, Inc., a leading manufacturer in the solar industry, provides innovative solutions for PV racking. Unirac is excited to announce the expansion of our ROOFMOUNT product line, to include a 5 DEGREE (RM5)and 8 DEGREE DUAL TILT (RMDT) option. Unirac’s flat roof commercial products are designed to maximize profitability at every step.

“The addition of RM5 and RMDT to our ROOFMOUNT product line gives our customers more options for density and tilt, enabling better optimization of energy production. Feature such as single tool installation and improved wire management options save time and money on the roof, while our more compact packaging lowers freights costs. We have designed the ROOFMOUNT product line to improve our customer’s profitability at every step of the project installation process,” states Bill Vaught, Product Manager of ROOFMOUNT (Large Commercial) at Unirac, Inc.

Unirac’s RM5 system provides unsurpassed adaptability and layout flexibility with 5 degree tilt. Row spacing options of 7.5 IN. or 11 IN. give you the ability to maximize array layout and increase project energy production. Wind deflectors provide ballast reduction and fire mitigation to reduce overall system weight on the roof to meet a variety of project requirements.

Unirac’s RMDT system maximizes energy density, with 8 degree dual tilt, allowing up to 33% more modules on the roof. The elimination of wind deflectors and fire skirts reduces part count and streamlines the system installation.

Both RM5 & RMDT are designed with the installer in mind, and lead the industry with:

  • G235 steel, double the corrosion protection of other racking products
  • Place panel, then clamp for single person module installation
  • Integrated bonding with single tool, hassle-free installation
  • Simplified wiring with Unirac’s RM wire management clips
  • MLPE mount for microinverters and power optimizers
  • Optional roof attachments to meet site-specific requirements
  • Ship up to 1 MW per truck with compact packaging

Unirac’s team of technical experts customize quotes to achieve the lowest total installed project cost. Permitting is made easy with Unirac’s UL2703 certified documents, stamped PE letters, construction drawings and AHJ outreach program. Rapid installation is achieved with a single tool, integrated bonding, and Unirac wire management clips to simplify procedures at every step.

Unirac’s ROOFMOUNT product line has the fastest delivery in the commercial PV racking industry, with two-week lead times from our factory and immediate deployment through our nationwide distribution network.

Unirac’s world class U-Builder seamlessly integrates with HelioScope to allow users to quickly obtain row-by-row designs with ballast distribution maps; generate site specific engineering reports and access CAD files for construction drawing development.

“The ROOFMOUNT suite of products scale effectively for any commercial project size. Its reduced part count and rapid installation make it perfect for both large & small commercial projects. RM is supported by the largest nationwide distribution network in the commercial roof market.” states Ernie Hood, Senior Product Manager of ROOFMOUNT (Small Commercial) for Unirac, Inc.

About Unirac:
Unirac provides innovative solutions for PV racking. Recognized for our excellence in product development, Unirac develops progressive residential, commercial and utility scale mounting solutions tailored for performance. Our high quality, competitively priced products are enhanced by responsive customer support, integrated technology solutions, robust engineering services, certified quality, and supply chain excellence. With over 15 years of customer service, Unirac is fast approaching 5GW of experience with more than 500,000 installations worth of knowledge. Partnering with Unirac leverages experience that makes a difference. For more information, visit www.dev.unirac.com.

Media Contact:  Charles Lubecke
Marketing Manager
Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-242-2167
E: charleslubecke@dev.unirac.com

Unirac, Inc. to Unveil SUNFRAME MICRORAIL at the 2016 Solar Power International Trade Show

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Unirac, Inc., a leading manufacturer in the solar industry, provides innovative solutions for PV racking. Unirac is excited to unveil the SUNFRAME MICRORAIL (SFM) system. SFM has been brought to market through a collaboration with industry leading installers, and is field tested and verified. Key innovative features include structural front Trimrail™, post-install height adjustment, single module access, and single tool installation.

SUNFRAME MICRORAIL brings LESS RAIL, MORE PERFORMANCE through:

  • Mixed Arrays – Portrait & Landscape Orientation
  • Compact packaging with few SKUs lowers logistics costs from the warehouse to the roof
  • Single Tool Installation
  • Quick & Easy Array Alignment with Structural Front Trimrail
  • Level Modules Anytime During Installation
  • Remove Single Panels for Array Maintenance
  • Available MLPE Mount with Enphase Engage wire clip simplifies cable management

“SUNFRAME MICRORAIL is launching with best-in-class features, designed through installer feedback and collaboration. We aim to commercialize products engineered with excellence in PV innovation and design. We have a vision and plan for the future to ensure our product rises to the top of the market and continues to meet the needs of our customers through ongoing enhancements,” states December Cowen, Director of Product Management for Unirac, Inc.

SFM is supported by Unirac’s technology leadership through U-Builder. Features include:

  • Module Level Roof Zone Control / Specify Individual Module Preferences
  • Generate Layouts with Staggered Arrays / Multiple Arrays per Report
  • Create Row by Row Mixed Arrays with Modules in Portrait and Landscape Orientation
  • Identify Rafter Locations for Fewest Roof Penetrations
  • Optimize System Loading with Staggered Roof Attachments

Permitting is made easy with Unirac’s UL2703 certified documents, stamped PE letters, and AHJ outreach program. The learning curve with SFM is minimized through Unirac’s onsite product training.

About Unirac:
Unirac provides innovative solutions for PV racking. Recognized for our excellence in product development, Unirac develops progressive residential, commercial and utility scale mounting solutions tailored for performance. Our high quality, competitively priced products are enhanced by responsive customer support, integrated technology solutions, robust engineering services, certified quality, and supply chain excellence. With over 15 years of customer service, Unirac is fast approaching 5GW of experience with more than 500,000 installations worth of knowledge. Partnering with Unirac leverages experience that makes a difference. For more information, visit www.dev.unirac.com.

Media Contact:  Charles Lubecke
Marketing Manager
Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-242-2167
E: charleslubecke@dev.unirac.com

Unirac, Inc. to Unveil 3 New Products at the 2016 Solar Power International (SPI) Trade Show

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Unirac, Inc., a leading manufacturer in the solar industry, provides innovative solutions for PV racking. Unirac has an agile stage-gate product development process, which has produced more than a dozen product enhancements since 2013. The success of our collaborative process is based on partnerships with industry leading manufacturers and refined through the voice of the installer. Unirac will showcase our latest enhancements at the 2016 Solar Power International (SPI) Trade Show. Our products are supported by cutting-edge digital design tools and industry-best customer support delivering value from beginning to end for your solar project.

At the 2016 Solar Power International (SPI) Trade Show, Unirac, Inc. will showcase the following technologies:

  • NEW – SUNFRAME MICRORAIL (SFM) leads the industry in empowering installers to deliver systems with superior performance and aesthetics. Key innovative features include structural front Trimrail TM, post-install height adjustment, single module access, and single tool installation.
  • NEW – ROOFMOUNT 5 (RM5) provides unsurpassed adaptability with 5 degree tilt. Row spacing options of 7.5″ or 11″ give you the ability to maximize project energy production.
  • NEW – ROOFMOUNT Dual Tilt (RMDT) maximizes energy density with 8 degree dual tilt, allowing up to 33% more modules on the roof to maximize profitability at every step.
  • SOLARMOUNT is now featuring a superior aesthetics package, which includes front trim and end caps. SOLARMOUNT also offers standard and light rail options.
  • U-Builder Online Design Tool helps you grow and scale your project quoting capabilities. Seamless HelioScope integration, and Google Maps with enhanced zoom capabilities create a seamless process for installers to design a project and produce a bill of materials with site-specific engineering documentation.
  • New – Product Roadshow Trailer puts installation knowledge in your hands. This is an exciting addition to our comprehensive training and support services, providing live demos of our products at a location near you.

About Unirac:
Unirac provides innovative solutions for PV racking. Recognized for our excellence in product development, Unirac develops progressive residential, commercial and utility scale mounting solutions tailored for performance. Our high quality, competitively priced products are enhanced by responsive customer support, integrated technology solutions, robust engineering services, certified quality, and supply chain excellence. With over 15 years of customer service, Unirac is fast approaching 5GW of experience with more than 500,000 installations worth of knowledge. Partnering with Unirac leverages experience that makes a difference. For more information, visit www.dev.unirac.com.

Media Contact:  Charles Lubecke
Marketing Manager
Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-242-2167
E: charleslubecke@dev.unirac.com

The New Face of Solar Racking — New Front Trim & End Caps for Unirac SOLARMOUNT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Unirac, Inc., a leading provider of high quality, competitive PV mounting solutions in North America, is pleased to announce a superior aesthetics package for SOLARMOUNT. The new Front Trim and End Caps position SOLARMOUNT as the New Face of Solar Racking. Front Trim provides a streamlined clean edge for curb appeal, is fully compatible with SOLARMOUNT hardware, and maintains integrated bonding for the entire array. End Caps provide a finished appearance, easily snap into place and help to prevent pest infestation. Easily add Front Trim and End Caps to any SOLARMOUNT array with the click of a button in our U-Builder design tool. At Unirac, we believe every solar array should look beautiful, while delivering the performance you expect.

“We strive to commercialize products which are not only quickly and easily installed, but represent the very best in PV innovation and design. Front Trim and End Caps create a new superior aesthetics package that represents the next iteration of design and utility for our flagship product line,” states Brandon Carrasco, Product Manager of SOLARMOUNT for Unirac, Inc.

Tenex Capital Management Acquires Unirac, Inc.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — An affiliate of Tenex Capital Management, an operationally focused private equity firm with more than $1.25 billion under management, has acquired Unirac, Inc., a market leading solar racking manufacturer, from Hilti.

Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, Unirac was founded in 1998 and has established itself as the leading provider of high quality, competitive PV mounting solutions in North America. With over 15 years of customer service, Unirac is fast approaching 5GW of experience with more than 500,000 installations worth of knowledge. Unirac’s portfolio of products serves all key segments within the solar landscape, including: residential, commercial and utility.

“This is another important milestone for Unirac, which demonstrates our success in developing products with services that help our customers lower the total cost of solar power,” said Peter Lorenz, Unirac CEO. “I am proud of the legacy our employees have built over the last few years with their entrepreneurial spirit and passion for creating enthusiastic customers.” Peter also expressed, “We are excited to partner with Tenex, with their ability to foster our plans to capitalize further on business opportunities within the marketplace.”

J.P. Bretl, a Managing Director of Tenex Capital Management, stated, “In Unirac, we are fortunate to have acquired a market leading PV mounting solutions provider. We look forward to building on Unirac’s history and supporting the management team in implementing their growth plans.”

Greentech Capital served as the advisor to Unirac in this transaction.

About Tenex Capital Management
Tenex Capital Management is a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies. Tenex uses an in-house team of hybrid investment professionals skilled in operational leadership, investing and capital markets structuring to maximize long-term value creation. Tenex’s deep operating experience allows the firm to collaborate with management teams to capitalize on business and market opportunities. Tenex has established a successful track record investing in diverse industries, including industrials, manufacturing, and health and business services. For additional information, please visit www.tenexcm.com.

About Unirac
Unirac is a leading manufacturer of solar racking in North America. Recognized for our excellence in product development, we provide the best mounting solutions to our customers through competitively priced products, responsive customer support, integrated technology solutions, robust engineering services, certified quality, and supply-chain excellence. With over 15 years of customer service, Unirac is fast approaching 5GW of experience with more than 500,000 installations worth of knowledge; partnering with Unirac leverages experience that makes a difference. For additional information, please visit www.dev.unirac.com.

Media Contact:  Charles Lubecke
Sr. Marketing Project Manager
Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
V: 505-462-2167
E: charleslubecke@dev.unirac.com

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Unirac and Folsom Labs release integrated PV design tools

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – September 14, 2015Unirac, Inc., a Hilti Group Company and leading provider of high quality, competitive PV mounting solutions in North America, and Folsom Labs, the new standard in PV design software, are proud to announce a milestone in the continued evolution of solar software integration.

Projects designed in the HelioScope solar design platform can now be seamlessly imported into Unirac’s U-Builder PV racking design tool for commercial flat ROOFMOUNT projects. The integration of Folsom Labs’ HelioScope with Unirac racking products helps customers streamline their design and engineering process, from initial site assessment to detailed bill of materials and code compliance.

Unirac-Folsom

“Folsom Labs continues to evolve, bringing their ground breaking design platform to the solar industry,” says Peter Lorenz, Unirac CEO. “HelioScope has become an essential part of our design process and plays a critical part in Unirac’s effort to simplify the layout, design and project workflow for consumers of our Roof Mount solution.”

“This integration with Unirac represents the future of solar software,” said Paul Gibbs, CEO of Folsom Labs. “By linking Unirac’s U-Builder to the HelioScope platform, our customers are now able to leverage the best of both programs. HelioScope’s rigor makes it the ideal platform for unifying all solar design and sales processes, and Unirac is the ideal partner to showcase the power of that platform.”

For more information about the Helioscope and U-Builder integration, along with Unirac’s full line of innovative PV mounting solutions, please visit us at Solar Power International, Booth 2900 (for Unirac) or Booth 7133 (for Folsom Labs), September 14-17, 2015 in Anaheim, CA.

Bonded PV Arrays Could Provide Safer Solar Power

Quote from: RenewableEnergyworld.com

In November 2014, TUV performed testing on bonding equipment in place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center 6.4-MW PV array in Las Vegas, Nevada. The equipment at the test site was the Unirac RM Roof Mount low-sloped roof mounting system. The field evaluation report provided by TUV, dated December 1, 2014, was based on the procedure set forth in the Bonding Path Resistance test in Section 13 of UL 2703.

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