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Going Solar In Ashburn, VA.

Are you looking for a Solar Company in Ashburn or the surrounding area. Solar Smith Pros is a certified installer of one of the best solar panels around, the LG 375 Watt Panel. This solar panel will absolutely impress you and surprise you when paying your utility bills. Yes, the LG 375 watt Panel will produce the most affordable solution and definitely lower your energy cost. Get it done now and get $ Zero Dollar Down and a free year of solar. So, what do you have to lose. Call Solar Smith, or visit our website to see our “Google Reviews” and customer testimonies. We’re all about customer satisfaction. It’s true Virginia is for lovers as the state’s tourism slogan raves about lovers, animal lovers, straight lovers, and wine lovers. You name it you’ll find something to love in Ashburn Virginia. Solar Smith Pros is here to help relieve your wallet and  plan your new or existing home with lower your utility cost. There are numerous reasons to go Solar. We are a solar company who truly cares about proper planning, not just to see how many panels we can sell you, but to properly provide you the facts. Did you know we have software to provide a detailed digitally model estimate which includes showing your solar panels placement. FYI, do you know the IBTC (International Building Trade Code) construction standards prohibit panels being to close to some edges on the off?. You may ask, why should I worry since the company should know all details and particularly those clearly marked as preventing the fire department from proper access. Well. the answer is some solar companies will not follow guidelines. Most jurisdictions base their requirements on the recommendation of their fire marshal. In most cases, solar arrays are required to have a minimum of 18 inches set back from the ridge of the roof and may also require a three-foot pathway along one of the edges . There are huge discussions and forums to argue out the point of placement and how far to keep away from roof edges. We found this link helpful for Solar Panels Installation Roofs. https://up.codes/s/roof-access-and-pathways
Roof access, pathways and setback requirements shall be provided in accordance with Sections R324.6.1 through R324.6.2.1Access and minimum spacing shall be required to provide emergency access to the roof, to provide pathways to specific areas of the roof, provide for smoke ventilation opportunity areas, and to provide emergency egress from the roof.
Exceptions:
  1. Detached, non-habitable structures, including but not limited to detached garages, parking shade structures, carports, solar trellises and similar structures, shall not be required to provide roof access.
  2. Roof access, pathways and setbacks need not be provided where the code official has determined that rooftop operations will not be employed.
  3. These requirements shall not apply to roofs with slopes of two units vertical in 12 units horizontal (17-percent slope) or less.
Not fewer than two pathways, on separate roof planes from lowest roof edge to ridge and not less than 36 inches (914 mm) wide, shall be provided on all buildings. Not fewer than one pathway shall be provided on the street or driveway side of the roof. For each roof plane with a photovoltaic array, a pathway not less than 36 inches wide (914 mm) shall be provided from the lowest roof edge to ridge on the same roof plane as the photovoltaic array, on an adjacent roof plane, or straddling the same and adjacent roof planes. Pathways shall be over areas capable of supporting fire fighters accessing the roof. Pathways shall be located in areas with minimal obstructions such as vent pipes, conduit, or mechanical equipment.
For photovoltaic arrays occupying not more than 33 percent of the plan view total roof area, not less than an 18-inch (457 mm) clear setback is required on both sides of a horizontal ridge. For photovoltaic arrays occupying more than 33 percent of the plan view total roof area, not less than a 36-inch (914 mm) clear setback is required on both sides of a horizontal ridge.
Where an automatic sprinkler system is installed within the dwelling in accordance with NFPA 13D or Section P2904, setbacks at ridges shall comply with one of the following:
  1. For photovoltaic arrays occupying not more than 66 percent of the plan view total roof area, not less than an 18-inch (457 mm) clear setback is required on both sides of a horizontal ridge.
  2. For photovoltaic arrays occupying more than 66 percent of the plan view total roof area, not less than a 36-inch (914 mm) clear setback is required on both sides of a horizontal ridge.
Panels and modules installed on dwellings shall not be placed on the portion of a roof that is below an emergency escape and rescue opening. A pathway not less than 36 inches (914 mm) wide shall be provided to the emergency escape and rescue opening.
 
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