Ken Sanger of Solar Dad and Sons has been in solar for 24 years. Earlier this year, he ran into a situation that threw him and his team of expert solar installers for a loop. Mid-way through an installation for a client, him and his team realized that the roof they were installing on had recently been repaired and the rafters were odd sizes and in varied positions, making a traditional installation close to impossible. It was then that Sanger recalled a solution that might just work.
Sanger first meet the Zilla team at Solar Power International in 2015. As a longtime user of Quick Mount PV, Sanger was not quite ready to make the switch, but spent the afternoon chatting with the Zilla team about their unique and different approach to solar installations. The Zilla team explained how their innovative Double Stud XL flashing can attach right to sheathing,making even the most complicated installations faster, safer and easier. When Sanger left the booth, the seed had been planted.
When Sanger and his team ran into their own complicated installation they knew who to call.The Zilla Double Stud XL was the perfect solution to an otherwise complicated problem. They quickly moved forward with the installation and called Zilla to order 150 more Double Stud XL’s and L-Feet. “They do what they are supposed to do,” says Sanger. It was a tough installation situation made possible by the innovations of Zilla.
Both Sanger and Zilla are excited about the new partnership and look forward to expanding the relationship into other ZIlla product lines. Solar Dad and Sons haven’t expanded into ground mount installations, but are already looking forward to chatting with the team at this year’s SPI!
If you have complicated installations or are just looking to speed up your projects, try our Double Stud XL Flashing. It’s patented base plate design has multiple attachment points and provides speed and flexibility for securing directly to sheathing or structural members.
Are you going to be at Solar Power International 2016 this year? Visit us at Booth #215 to learn more about the full range of industry-leading flashing innovations and ground mount systems.
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.
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!
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.
Skip sheathed roofs are a unique approach to roofing that makes solar installations significantly more complicated and costly. But in true Zilla fashion, we have a simple and easy solution, making solar possible for homes with skip sheathed roofs.
Skip sheathing is a type of roof construction that was popular several decades ago. Instead of using plywood to create the roof deck, this type of construction features 1x4 boards that run perpendicular to the rafters. Each 1x4 is spaced at roughly 4 inches, skipping every other board.
This approach to roofing makes solar installation difficult when attaching to rafters. Locations between the 1x4s will have a gap between the roof deck and the rafter making for a questionable connection. The 1x4s can also be deceiving, as they may seem like a structural member of the roof when searching for a structural attachment. But, the 1x4 of the skip sheathed roof will not provide the support or necessary strength required for a successful solar installation.
Zilla’s Double Stud XL offers skip sheathed roofed homeowners and installers a simple solution without compromise. Not only does the Double Stud XL eliminate the issue discussed above, it actually performs far better than others since its design is based on sheathing only attachment.
The Double Stud XL was created specifically with complicated installs like this in mind. It attaches directly to sheathing, allowing for faster, safer and easier installations. In this particular situation, the patented base plate ensures that at least two of the fasteners will attach into both sheathing and 1x4 material. The attachment to 1x4s of the skip sheathed roofs provides substantial reinforcement for the sheathing, leading to premier performance.
With the Double Stud XL, solar is not only possible, but easier, faster and safer for those with a skip sheathed roof. To learn more about the time- and cost-saving benefits of Zilla’s highly efficient Double Stud XL Flashing, contact us today!
New research from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) finds that several features offered by Zilla’s Double Stud XL Flashing are key to reducing solar installation costs.
The RMI and Georgia Tech Research Institute report found that, in the United States, the median installation labor cost for a rooftop system is $0.49 per watt. However, in Germany, the median installation labor cost is just $0.18 per watt.
To learn more about the time- and cost-saving benefits of Zilla’s highly efficient Double Stud XL Flashing, contact us today!
Zilla has done it again. Our engineers have created a flashing that is even faster, more flexible and more aesthetically pleasing than ever before. We are excited to announce the NEW Double Stud XL Flashing.
Building on the strength and versatility of the popular Zilla Double Stud Flashing, the Zilla Double Stud XL Flashing is designed for attachment directly to sheathing or structural members. With hands-on, roof experience, our engineers know and understand solar installers biggest painpoints. It is our mission at Zilla to make installations simpler and faster, so you can get to more installations each day. By allowing attachment to sheathing, time, effort and energy are saved by removing the need to search for and attach to the roof structure.
· Patented base plate design with multiple attachment points provides speed and flexibility in the field for securing to sheathing or structural members
· Low profile patented design incorporates a metal-to-metal compression zone that creates a complete water tight seal while ensuring integrity of the structure during expansion and constriction
· Uses standard tools and hardware including ¼’ x 1-1/2’ hex head lag screws and 3/8’ driver for fast and easy installation
· Compatible with ZIlla flush mount system or any solar mounting system of your choice
“Our Zilla® DoubleStud XL Flashing was designed for maximum flexibility, ease and value, "Zilla Corporation CEO, Kayla Kreutzman said. “The ability to attach directly tosheathing saves time and effort, while also giving the widest array of install options.”
The Double 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.
Change the way that you do business today with the Zilla Double XL Flashing.
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