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Wind Design for Solar Photovoltaic Arrays

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This web seminar discusses the wind design of roof-mounted and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays in accordance with the intent of ASCE 7. The 2005 and 2010 editions of ASCE 7 offer some procedures which are relevant to ground mounts, but they do not contain a direct analytical method for calculating wind loads on roof-mounted PV arrays on enclosed structures. The Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) has developed guidelines in Report SEAOC PV2-2012 for roof-mounted PV, and many of these are expected to be included in ASCE 7-16. Topics addressed by this web seminar include:

  • Recommendations in Report SEAOC PV2-2012 regarding wind loads for sloped PV arrays on flat roofs, and their adoption into ASCE 7-16.
  • Implications and issues when applying ASCE 7-10 wind design methods to ground-mounted PV arrays.
  • Acceptable test methods to generalize wind loads when using the ASCE 7 wind tunnel procedure for the design of PV arrays.
  • New provisions in the 2015 IBC related to wind loads on PV arrays.
  • This web seminar also includes a

Ron LaPlante, S.E., and David Banks, P.E.
150 mins
Speaker Bios

Ron LaPlante, S.E., is currently vice-chair of the SEAOC Solar PV Systems Committee. He has been at the Division of the State Architect (DSA) in California for 9 years and is currently a Supervising Structural Engineer with the Codes and Standards Unit and serves as the lead member of DSA"