Introducing Solar Snow Dog

In May of 2012, Alpine SnowGuards applied for (and was later awarded) a patent for a snow retention device that attaches to solar panel frames. Alpine continues to innovate new forms of solar snow retention in order to satisfy the needs of our customers. Let’s take a look at some of the ongoing complications, and Keep reading . . .

Managing the Proper Use of Solar Snow Management Systems

It seems that at least once a day, Alpine SnowGuards’ guidance on the proper use of solar snow management systems is ignored or overlooked by installers (integrators). And so, while I know many of you are tired of me droning on about managing snow on solar, I feel the need to keep beating that drum. Keep reading . . .

Solar Snow Management for PV Arrays: Expectations vs. Reality

Several Alpine SnowGuards’ customers reached out to us between 2010-2012 hoping we could provide solar snow management for PV arrays. This was an entirely new snow management problem that was evolving right along with the solar industry. This new problem stemmed from solar PV arrays installed on composition shingle roofs that don’t shed “much” snow Keep reading . . .

Alpine SnowGuards in 2020: A first-of-its-kind research facility

It’s January 2nd, 2020. As I sit down to collect some thoughts for the business year and decade ahead, it’s hard to believe how quickly the last 10 years have passed. I heard a news announcer yesterday use the expression “The Roaring 20’s”. I like that. The outlook feels much more optimistic than it felt Keep reading . . .

Managing Snow on Solar Arrays: It’s What We Know

Does your roof sport a solar array? If the answer is yes, congratulations! It’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make, and the ROI can’t be beat. When it comes to managing snow on solar arrays, you’ve come to the right place. Alpine SnowGuards has been an industry leader in rooftop snow management for Keep reading . . .

Lessons Learned

Back in 1983 I was living in Vermont, taking on some slate roofing repair jobs, the occasional small addition (2-3 roofing squares), cleaning out bird droppings for church steeple projects and was generally just trying to figure out how to make my way. By chance, as I was focusing on slate salvage, I had run Keep reading . . .

Snow Guards for Solar Panels

As you’re aware, I’ve retired from the world of solar panel racking. As you may not be aware, Alpine SnowGuards manufactures the only snow retention system for solar arrays. Yes, we make a product that keeps snow and ice from sliding off the roof from solar panels in the form of a sudden avalanche. Why, Keep reading . . .

How Do Snow Guards Work? (Part 2: Pipe-Style)

In part one of this two-part blog series, we talked about snow guards and customer expectations. We specifically referred to reference installation and use of pad-style snow guards to answer the question, “How do Snow Guards Work?” This time let’s shift the focus to pipe-style snow guards. Pipe-Style Snow Guards Pipe-style snow guards act as Keep reading . . .

Installation Animation Compilation (Say THAT 3 Times Fast!)

You may already be aware that we’ve developed snow guard installation videos for some of our snow management systems. I thought it would be a great idea to put all them together in one post. Remember, we have snow guard solutions for ALL roof types, even solar. We are also your source for custom snow Keep reading . . .

SnowMax: What the Competition Doesn’t Want You to Know

Not familiar with our back story? Alpine SnowGuards was founded by a former roofer who started his career in the 1970’s. Why is this important? He knows maintaining roof integrity is first and foremost. His 40+ years’ of hands-on expertise and our talented team have helped our employee-owned company become the industry leader in rooftop Keep reading . . .