Solar mounting systems provider PanelClaw says its Grizzly Bear flat-roof racking system has been installed at two schools in San Mateo County, Calif. – the first school installations in California to use ballasted mounting systems.
According to PanelClaw, the company has become the first in the industry to have its wind-tunnel data successfully approved by the California Division of the State Architect's (DSA) newly revised IR-16-8 permitting guidelines. The DSA oversees design, construction, and the development of codes and standards utilized by K-12 schools and community colleges in the state.
The new rules allow companies to replace the structurally prohibitive minimum weight requirement for ballasted systems with approved third-party wind tunnel data, PanelClaw explains. This move makes PanelClaw's ballasted systems an option for schools and expedites review of the DSA's Construction Oversight Process and permitting.