Evaluation of Installation Time for SMASHmount by SMASHsolar

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The Department of Energy SunShot Incubator program provides early-stage assistance to help startup companies cross technological barriers to commercialization while encouraging private sector investment. The SunShot Incubator program aims to shorten the time it takes for a young business or company to develop an innovative product concept and make it commercially available, which includes product prototyping, deployment, and, potentially, manufacturing. SMASHsolar was selected as an Incubator awardee to develop a simple, snap-together, module-integrated photovoltaic (PV) mounting system in attempts to dramatically reduce the time, effort and skill needed to install rooftop solar. In support of this award, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory worked with SMASHsolar to develop a procedure for evaluating the installation time required for the SMASHmount system vs. widely-available rail systems. Amongst several installations, NREL measured the following installation times, subject to the qualifications and conditions described later in this report. NREL found that the SMASHsolar SMASHmount system was installed between 15% and 37% faster than tested competing systems after one or two installations of the system.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BR-7A40-67788


  • installation
  • racking
  • SMASHmount
  • SMASHsolar
  • solar
  • SunShot
  • time-trial


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