Zilla prides itself on its innovative approach to solar installations. The Zilla team works tirelessly to bring our customers solar solutions that are easy and affordable in an attempt to bring solar to as many homes as possible. In an effort to further expand solar adoption and bring solar to even more homes than ever before, Zilla is joining forces with the revolutionary Sun BanditSolar Hybrid Energy Systems from Next Generation Energy.
Sun Bandit is the most revolutionary way to heat water since fire. Sun Bandit uses photovoltaic technology to put the sun to work to deliver clean, reliable hot water. Sun Bandit® patented technologies eliminates the need for complex solar mechanical water heating and replaces it with clean, simple to install and easy to enjoy PV technology to effectively and efficiently provide hot water. Unlike traditional solar thermal installations, Sun Bandit eliminates the need for fluids, pumps and complicated plumbing or architecture.
Sun Bandit comes in pre-packaged kits with everything youneed for an easy and efficient installation. Each basic two-module kit features four Zilla Zip Flashing Assemblies with L-foot and Mounting Hardware, two Zilla Quad Combo rails, four End Clip Assemblies and two Zilla Top Clip Assemblies, four Wire Management Clips and four Zilla PVC Electrical Flashings.
Combined with easy to install Zilla racking components, Sun Bandit is one of the easiest ways to go solar. We are proud and excited to contribute to such a revolutionary solar product! To learn more about Sun Bandit, please visit www.sunbandit.us.
Zilla® Rails are designed for strength and intuitive and versatile use. Our rails provide the ultimate racking solution for any application of any size or scale. When used in conjunction with Zilla attachment and connection products, our rails produce the strongest, most cost effective solutions in the market. Find out which of our top-of-the-line rails are perfect for your project.
The Rac Pac features everything you need for mounting 2 modules to rails. Each Rac Pac includes a set of two 83” Quad Combo rails, four Top Clips, four End Clips, four Splice Bar kits and necessary hardware. Add four Flashings and L-feet of standoffs for a complete solar racking system providing 4’ spacing.
The Rac Pac easily mounts 2 PV modules that can be installedvertically or horizontally. Ideal for pitched or flat roof and ground mount applications.
Patent US D617,174 Patent Canadian 133,976
Don’t let the lightweight Rac 2.0 deceive you. This patented rail offers incredible strength and has a wide range of applications.
The strong, lightweight and versatile Quad Combo is ideal for flush mount installations. It is a versatile product that can be installed either vertically or horizontally, to best fit your rooftop.
Patent US D639,143, Canadian 137,479
Ideal for lighter weight loads, the Zilla Dual Grip is well suited for flush mount installations. The Dual Grip is acceptable for a wide variety of applications on dual sides.
Patent US D636,656, Canadian 138,077, European 001153548-0002
The Zilla Grip rail is best for lightweight loads. This versatile product is used to create our Cobra flat roof ballast system and can be used for many other custom applications as well.
This strong, versatile, easy to work with rail requires no welding. The octagonal shape of the NEX 2.0 offers a resistance to force from all directions. It also allows for individualized knockout options, solid rail applications and larger spans with minimal roof penetrations.
Checkout this video from SPI 2013, as Zilla's very own Becca Penland illustrates the ease of installing a Phantom rail-less system.
Team Zilla had a wonderful time sharing their amazing lineup of racking systems with solar experts from all over the globe. Making loads of connections and having a ton of fun doing so, Team Zilla left the SPI playing field as victors.
Solar Power International (SPI) is North America’s premier business-to-business event for solar energy professionals. More than 15,000 solar energy professional from over 75 countries attend the 4-day conference that was jammed packed with 700+ manufacturers, service providers, and vendors. This global event brings together solar industry thought leaders and drives buying decisions. Zilla is already looking forward to next year’s event taking place in Las Vegas.
After many requests from installers and customers, Team Zilla® is proud to announce the world’s first invisible solar racking system. We know that many of your clients are concerned about the atheistic of bulky and awkward racking systems. Team Zilla’s top designers have spent many months developing revolutionary technology that negates this issue all together.
With this completely invisible new product, you can now provide your customers with a visually appealing and an aesthetically pleasing solar solution.
While invisible solar racking systems sound ideal, we provide the next best thing: The Phantom™. Zilla’s Phantom is a rail-less pitched roof flush mount system offering an efficient and compact attachment solution. While not totally invisible, the Phantom provides the most discrete and condensed solar racking solution in the market. Installed directly to roof sheathing, the Phantom is aesthetically pleasing and is the first fully flashed rail-less system that makes rooftop installations safer, simpler and more affordable.
To provide your customers with the closest thing to an invisible solar rack, check out the Phantom product page. Really, no joking! It's so simple, it's scary.
Happy April Fool’s Day from the entire Zilla team.
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.
Combining two of our best selling solar racking and mounting solutions, Zilla is excited to announce the launch of the Zilla Rac Pac with Double Stud XL Assembly. Two products that you love, combined in one easy to order and install solar solution.
Built specifically for pitched composition shingle roofs, the Zilla® Rac Pac with Double Stud XL Assembly contains everything a solar installation professional needs for this type of installation, saving time and money with the ability to attach to sheathing or structure, providing waterproof protection without compromising the integrity of the structure.
Designed for maximum economy and efficiency, the Rac Pac includes all the essential racking hardware required for a solar installation. Each Rac Pac includes a set of two 83” Quad Combo rails, four Top Clips, four End Clips, four Splice Bar kits and necessary hardware. Add four Double Stud XL Flashings, L-feet or standoffs for a complete solar racking system providing 4’ spacing.
The Rac Pac easily mounts 2 PV modules that can be installed vertically or horizontally. You can combine multiple Rac Pac’s to meet the needs of any size solar array. The Rac Pac is ideal for pitched roof installations.
Built on the strength and durability of the Double StudFlashing, the Double Stud XL Flashing features as lightly 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 Zilla® Rac Pac is already the go-to solution for solar professionals who want a quick, safe and strong solution for their installation needs,” Zilla Corporation CTO, Dave Kreutzman said. “The addition of our Double Stud XL flashings brings added versatility and greater opportunity for time and cost savings to those installations as well.”
Each Zilla® Rac Pac with Double Stud XL Assembly accommodates two 60 or 72 cell modules that can be combined to create any size array. This new system can be purchased online now at the Zilla® store, with larger orders able to be accommodated by working with your Zilla® sales representative.
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