Having released several new and innovative products last year, 2014 was a busy year for Zilla. And our hard work paid off. The respected industry publication, Solar Power World, recently featured the Zilla Phantom XL system as one of the Top Solar Mounting Products of 2014.
With increased attention on solar soft costs over the past year, producing innovative and efficient solar mounting products have become an important endeavor and an easy way to cut solar soft costs. The Zilla Phantom XL system does just that, allowing it to help make the cut.
Showcased at Solar Power International 2014, Zilla Phantom XL stole the show. With the ability to attach directly to sheathing and its compact and efficient rail-less attachment solution, the Zilla Phantom XL allows for the fastest, most flexible installation in the industry. This new system allows for more installations, with less manpower and in many different installation setups.
This pitched roof rail-less flush mount system allows for attachment directly to sheathing or structure, eliminating the need to search for installation points. It provides a fully flashed, waterproof and self-grounded system that attaches anywhere on a composite roof, giving most flexibility to panel arrangement.
The Phantom XL system features the Zilla Double Stud XLFlashing with the Mini Adjustable Standoff, Quad Combo, End Clip Assembly and Top Clip Assembly with integrated grounding for even greater savings. Using less material than traditional flush mount rail systems, the Phantom XL helps to reduce installation time, ultimately helping to cut soft costs. Another unique feature of the Phantom XL system is the ability to install the flashings independently of the rails, allowing for safer and more efficient on-roof installation.
“The Phantom® XL system is designed to be one of the fastest, safest and strongest solar mounting systems on the market,” Zilla Corporation CTO, Dave Kreutzman said. “Our years of experience working with installation professionals drives our goal of delivering flexible, time-savings solutions like the Phantom® XL to meet the needs of this dynamic marketplace.”
We are pleased and honored to be recognized as a leader in the solar mounting industry. To learn more about the Phantom XL system and our other innovative XL products, visit our website or contact one of our sales representatives today.
We all know that selecting the right solar panel for your system is important. But arguably the most vital part of any solar system is the racking and mounting equipment. Reliable, durable and efficient solar racking equipment can dictate the lifespan of your system, while saving you time, money and headaches.
A group of solar experts based in California conducted a study of solar systems in order to determine best practices for solar racking and mounting. The team looked at 20 rooftop PV solar systems, which averaged 10 years old in San Francisco.
“In general, the reliable systems that were surveyed exhibited three common characteristics:they followed best installation practices at the time, used solar-specific components, and were installed by conscientious contractors,” noted in the report’s Executive Summary. Their study, “The Importance of Reliable Solar Mounting Systems”, uncovered a series of best practices that can ensure the reliability and cost effectiveness of residential rooftop PV systems.
Following these best practices can positively impact there liability and cost effectiveness of your system. The best (and simplest) way to ensure your system meets all of these requirements is to use an integrated solar mounting system.
Zilla® solar mounting and racking products, designed specifically by installers for installers, meet all of these best practices requirements. Zilla products meet a variety of testing standards and are made of rust-free stainless steel or aluminum material. We offer the most vertically integrated line of solar mounting products including best-in-class pitched roof, rail-less roof, ground mount and flat roof systems that are continuously being innovated to meet the needs of solar installers. With Zilla, all solar racking equipment is compatible eliminating mismatching of components and ensuring reliability and ease of installation.
Follow these best practices to ensure your customers enjoy clean, renewable, inexpensive electricity with minimal upkeep or maintenance costs. Get started with Zilla today and rest easy knowing your system will last for years.
It’s time for more women in the solar industry. And no, we are not talking about more booth babes. With women only making up 18.7 percent of the solar workforce, it is time for a change. And this change could make you money.
The solar job industry is booming. As of November 2013, the solar industry employs 142,698 solar workers, up from 119,016 in 2012. This 20 percent increase in jobs has no signs of stopping. Solar employment is expected to go up by 15.6 percent over the next year, adding 22,240 new solar workers to the workforce. But women only represent 26,738 of the solar work force. So what is stopping women from joining the solar industry?
The solar industry largely stems from the construction industry, which has an even lower distribution of female workers. This male-centric workforce has seemingly carried over to its solar cousin. While women in solar have made a significant impact on the industry’s workplace diversity, there are still many hurdles for them to jump.
One of the more alarming hurdles is the growing prevalence of booth babes at trade shows and conventions. Booth babes are the scantily clad women hired by some solar companies to attract visitors to their booth at solar conventions and conferences. While these lovely ladies may accomplish the goal of increasing foot traffic to your booths, it is unlikely that these visitors are there to learn about or purchase your latest and greatest solar products. By employing booth babes, you are wasting a prime time to meet and network with genuinely interested customers. Even more detrimental to the solar industry is that fact that booth babes make it even more difficult for the real women in solar to be acknowledged and accepted. We prefer the women in our booths to be educated in our products and interested in solar technology.
And you should too. Companies with greater gender diversity and women in leadership roles have been shown to outperform those companies who lack that diversity dynamic. Women play an important role in collaboration, teamwork, relationship building and motivating others, which are all important aspects to have in a successful leader. But,when it comes down to obtaining business goals, female leaders showcase higher competencies in taking initiative, showing high integrity and honesty and on-going drive for results.
Here is another knowledge nugget for you to nibble on: women are major solar consumers. A survey by Identity3 found that 90 percent of women make or participate in the decision to go solar in their home, and they tend to be the ones who initiate the discussion about solar and do the research. Who better to appeal to the women of the house than a woman herself?
There are several female CEO’s, presidents and founders leading successful solar companies who are making a difference for all women in solar. In fact, we have a few powerful and successfulwomen in leadership roles at Zilla. But, lets not forget about the fierce and fearless women who are on the roofs every day doing the heavy lifting (literally).
GRID Alternatives and SunEdison recently launched its Women In Solar Initiative, which focuses on bringing more women into the solar industry and onto your roof. It provides hands-on-training, fellowships and real-world experience in the solar industry for thousands of women all over the country. The most exciting thing about this initiative are the women-only trainings and installations that allow women to ask questions without judgment.
Strength comes in numbers. And with the help of other successful solar women, we can help change the gender distribution in the solar industry. Many women in the solar industry find strength in talking and networking with fellow female solar professionals. There are several female-led solar organizations that focus on bringing together and supporting solar women.A few of our favorite are: Women in Cleantech and Sustainability, Women inSolar Energy and Women4Solar.
We are so excited about the continued progress that isoccurring in the solar industry. As a women-led solar racking and mounting company, we have been there. We can’t count the “Dear Sirs” emails that we have received. But, as women continue to join and grow in the solar industry, we know that the future is bright for all women in solar.
Another successful Solar Power International 2014 for the books! Team Zilla had a blast celebrating the arrival of our newest products with solar industry professionals in Las Vegas. New friends or loyal partners, we enjoyed meeting and talking with all of our booth visitors.
The highlight of this years SPI show was the release of the Phantom XL system. To kickoff the show, we announced our brand new product, bringing many curious solar professionals to our booth. With the ability to attach directly to sheathing and its compact and efficient rail attachment solution, the Zilla Phantom XL allows for the fastest, most flexible installation in the industry. We were blown away by the response the Phantom XL received and look forward to continuing to share this innovative product with the solar industry.
At Zilla, we are always innovating. But it is getting the opportunity to share our innovations with you that really pushes us. Our XL products are faster, safer, stronger and features game-changing aspects that you can see and feel. We look forward to sharing these new products with you and look forward to carrying on the tradeshow excitement!
Interested in learning more about the Phantom XL and other XL products, contact one of the Zilla sales representatives today!
Good news! Solar Power World magazine, one of the industry’s leading publications, has named Zilla to its list of 2015’s Top Solar Products.
The list recognizes “the best and brightest products to come out of the solar industry this year,” highlighting items that both innovate and surprise. Just 160 products were chosen for the list among the many solar panel, mounting, inverter, balance of system and project management products the magazine reviewed.
Zilla was included in the 2015 Top Solar Mounting Products category, where it was recognized for its Double Stud XL Flashing. Designed for attachment to both sheathing and structural members, it allows for “faster installations and more flexibility in mounting on pitched roofs,” the magazine said.
Zilla Flashings are designed to install quickly with nothing more than standard tools and hardware, making mounting easier and faster. They’re also built to ensure secure rooftop attachment, watertight protection, and durable strength, protecting both your panels and your roof.
Zilla Flashings are not only easy to transport and install—they’re also easy to order. Contact us today to learn more!
Zilla has developed a revolutionary, fully-flashed, rail-less PV mounting system with integrated grounding that can be installed directly to roof sheathing for faster and more aesthetically pleasing installations. The first fully-flashed, rail-less system makes rooftop installations safer, simpler and more affordable.
The rail-less Phantom™ is designed for maximum economy and efficiency. Without long and cumbersome rails, the Phantom ships in conveniently-sized packages making it easy to handle and transport to your project. The Zilla® Top Clip is a key component on the Phantom and is UL 467 listed for module-to-module grounding, using less equipment for your install.
The Phantom allows for module layout in either landscape or portrait orientation and even a combination of both. The Phantom is highly adaptable – easily add or move modules within your array to avoid rooftop obstacles. Although the Phantom is ideal for asphalt roofs, it can also be customized for installations on SIPS, concrete, metal and tile roofs.
Speed of installation is an important aspect of all Zilla products. With the Phantom, the lightweight, minimal parts allow for one-man installation without rafters, purlins or the need to pre-drill. With minimal tools and training, the Phantom will allow you to be more efficient with your installations allowing you to generate greater revenue.
The Phantom builds on the popular Zilla Double Stud flashing, offering a completely watertight rooftop installation. The Phantom allows PV modules to be mounted anywhere on the roof, not just on roof joists. The Phantom is aesthetically pleasing, only extending 1.5 inches off the roof.
Designed to work with standard framed modules at least 1-3/8” (35mm) up to 2-1/8” (54mm), the Phantom simplifies the entire installation process. To find out for yourself how simple Zilla products are, check out the Phantom product page. It's so simple, it's scary!
We are Zilla and innovation is our game. We work hard to bring you solar racking and mounting projects that save you time, hassle and money. Our new family of XL products does just that. All of our XL products can be attached directly to sheathing, eliminating the need to search for structure and maintaining the integrity and strength of your roof. Find out today how Zilla XL product can change the way you install solar.
The Double Stud XL Flashing features a slightly larger profile and multiple attachment points that allows for a quick and more flexible installation into structural supports or directly into sheathing. This innovative Zilla engineering advance gives those in the field a speedy and efficient flashing option for any desired installation arrangement. The low profile patented design features a metal-to-metal compression zone the creates a complete water-tight seal while ensuring the integrity of the structure. The Zilla Double Stud XL flashing is compatible with any Zilla flush mount system or any solar mounting system of your choice.
The New Electrical XL Flashing is designed to provide a watertight seal for running electrical through either roofs or walls, all without the need for ugly, leaky rubber boots. The Electrical XL flashing is ideal for use on shingle or metal roofs and siding, and can be used in a variety of installations including solar, satellite dish cables, weather monitoring equipment, Ethernet cabling and more. And with the ability to mount directly to sheathing as well as structural supports, Electrical XL Flashing provides for the most flexible electrical installations ever, while eliminating the potential for leaks or UV damage.
The new Zilla Phantom® XL, a pitched roof flush mount system,features the added strength, flexibility and ease of installation of the Zilla Double Stud XL flashing. The XL base plate and rail sections are individual components, connected with the Zilla Mini Standoff and secured with module-to-module Zilla Top Clips, allowing for flexible installation in either portrait or landscape positions.Fully flashed, waterproof and self-grounded, the Zilla Phantom® XL reduces installation time and offers more flexible layout options.
The patent pending technology behind the XL family product of family is one of the most innovative and revolutionary creations in solar racking and mounting. The ability to attach directly to sheathing, rather than search for structure, will allow you to get to more installations each day while maintaining the integrity of your customers roof. What are you waiting for? Try Zilla XL products today!
Indicates required fields
Enter the code shown above into the box.
Get a Quote
Technical Spec Sheets