U-Anchors on New York’s Largest Rooftop Solar Projects
YONKERS, N.Y. — The U-Anchor, U2000™ rooftop attachment products from Anchor Products, LLC of Colleyville, Texas, have been installed on the iPark Hudson rooftop solar project — one of New York State’s largest rooftop solar projects.
The electric power generated by the Photovoltaic array will serve a significant portion of the energy needed for the tenants of the 24-acre technology, office and industrial complex in Yonkers, N.Y. The project is scheduled to start producing electricity by Jan. 31. The rooftop solar array is the equivalent in area of two football fields and was developed by Chicago-based Half Moon Ventures. The building is owned by Joe Cotter, principal of real estate development firm National Resources of Greenwich, CT.
Local dignitaries, including Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 6 at the Yonkers property, on the rooftop of one of eight buildings within the complex. The buildings are covered with 3,700 solar panels and will generate power equivalent to the daily electricity needs of 120 homes.
“We were very excited to play our part in anchoring the solar racking system for this massive Photovoltaic electric power generating system,” said Anchor Product’s President Joel Stanley. He added, “Our U-Anchor product has already protected this multi-million dollar solar investment from Superstorm Sandy and will continue to support this Photovoltaic system for many decades to come.”
Anchor Products’ U2000 rooftop attachment provided ballast-free, non-penetrating roof membrane attachment of solar module racking systems and other rooftop equipment. The patented U2000 is a lightweight equipment attachment system consisting of a weatherized steel plate with a 3/8″ -16 x 1.5” tall stainless steel stud, which has been heat fused to a 15.75 inch by 15.75 inch (40 cm by 40 cm) thermoplastic (PVC or TPO roofing membrane) target.
The U2000 attachment is designed to be installed without fasteners and is a highly wind-resistant enhancement for solar panel racking installations. It is backed with our industry best warranty and third-party independent testing of the product by Trinity ERD found it has approximately 1,800 lbs of ultimate load capacity.
The U2000 does not require roof membrane penetrations and can be used with or without ballasted Photovoltaic panel racking systems. According to the Kraft Roofing, which was the roofing contractor for the Yonkers project, they were able to avoid extensive crane fees and a large staging area for storing and hoisting ballast to the roof. The U-Anchors weigh approximately 1.18 lbs each and they were easily carried to the roof. The U2000 can be welded to any flat thermoplastic surface with a hot air welder at a rate of 12 attachments per man hour, saving on labor costs.