Mechatron Solar has gained certification for ANSI/UL 3703 solar tracker safety standard for its 90-panel dual-axis tracker, the M18KD. The certification also covers the M18KD-20 carport canopy tracker and was issued by SolarPTL, based in Tempe, Arizona, one of four Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) in the United States.
At the same time, the M18KD was certified under applicable UL 2703 subsections for Mechatron’s proprietary MechGrip clamping device that serves as a grounding bond. Without this certification, some states require separate grounding bond systems, an expanding requirement trend across the country.
The certifications showed that the M18KD tracker works across a temperature range of -40°C to +70°C (-40°F to 158°F). The tracker controls are NEMA 4 Outdoor certified. The M18KD has been calculated to be capable of wind resistance up to 115 mph, the wind speed of a Category 3 hurricane.
More than 90 MW of Mechatron trackers have been deployed across the United States and Europe.
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