The innovative SolarPod Crown from Mouli Engineering appears to be an effective and non-invasive method of adding rooftop solar to a residence.
The Eagan, MN–based company has announced a commissioned SolarPod Crown system will be installed in the City of Fountain Valley, California. For those worried about excess construction being required on their roof when going solar, this is extremely good news.
Mouli Vaidyanathan, the developer of this system, states that the SolarPod Crown system has previously been used on 4 installations in North Carolina and Minnesota prior to announcing the system in Orange County. “What makes this huge is because Orange County is very rigorous in their engineering and documentation, ” he said in a phone interview.
Engineering analysis of the SolarPod Crown was performed by independent agents for the City of Fountain Valley. The solar design was evaluated for its structural integrity and engineering documentation. The installation was done by qualified contractors from Saufley Electric who are one of SolarPod’s many installers around the country. The design makes way for significantly lowered cost in distributed solar generation.
SolarPod Crown enables solar to be placed on gable roofs without the need for roof penetrations. Installers place a smartly designed panel assembly on the roof, and before they know it, they are streaming clean, green energy! It never compromises the integrity of roof strength by eliminating the need for penetrations through its elegant design components.
The versatility of SolarPod Crown enables installation on various roofing systems with minimal or no invasion on roof structures. SolarPod Crown has been installed in the following roof materials:
- Wood Shake
- Corrugated Metal
Mr. Vaidyanathan points out these important advantages to this rooftop system:
- 30 to 50% costs savings on installation labor
- Limited liability because there is no structural damage to the roof
- Can be used with most roofing systems
We look forward to reporting on new deployments of the SolarPod Crown system and the impacts it has in the rooftop solar industry.
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