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Press Release: SolarDock earns Class A Fire Rating

SolarDock transforms Class C modules into a Class A Fire Rated PV System.

July 1, 2014 – SolarDock has successfully completed the Fire Resistance Tests required by UL 1703 and the proposed UL 2703 standard for solar mounting and racking systems, earning a Class A Fire Rating. The tests were conducted by TUV Rheinland PTL with a Class A roof deck and Class C photovoltiac modules from Motech.

SolarDock’s unique pan-based design successfully resisted the spread of fire on a rooftop, earning a Class A Fire Rating for the following Fire Resistance Tests:

  • Spread of Flame – SolarDock system reduced the spread of flame by more than 60%.
  • Burning Brand – Enclosed system prevented brands from falling onto or burning test roof deck.

“With several high profile fires in the last year, there has been increasing scrutiny of the solar industry’s role in fire safety,” said Scott Johnson, Founder of SolarDock. “That is why SolarDock made completing the UL 1703/2703 Fire Performance Tests its focus for 2014.  Now, with the Motech/SolarDock Class A Fire Rating, solar installers nationwide no longer have to wait for the industry to catch up to local and national building code fire rating requirements.”

SolarDock’s Class A fire rating brings it into compliance with California building code requirements that become mandatory on January 1, 2015, as well as new International Building Code (IBC) 2012 requirements that are currently being adopted on a state-by-state basis.

Address all inquiries to Kate Bayard, Director of Marketing, at kbayard@


Key Takeaways

  • SolarDock is a Class A Fire Rated solar racking system
  • Tranformed Class C PV modules into a Class A system
  • SolarDock reduced the Spread of Flame on the roofing surface
  • SolarDock prevented Burning Brand from damaging test deck
  • Solar developers can now satisfy California and IBC 2012 fire rating requirements
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