Pegasus Solar debuts clamp that reduces mounts on pitched roof projects
By Billy Ludt | August 8, 2023
Since 2014, Pegasus Solar has patented more than 20 products for solar roof mounting, now installed on over 150,000 homes. Its next entry is SkipRail, a clamp designed to save on installation time and materials.
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SkipRail is an extension of the Pegasus Rail System. It’s a single clamp that can eliminate entire rows of rail, mounts, clamps and roof penetrations.
“Contractors will see transformational productivity gains,” said Pegasus CEO Kai Stephan. “For a typical crew, every year SkipRail saves 10,000 pounds of material to ship, haul and lift up ladders. It eliminates the warehousing, transport and installation of two miles of rail. Most significantly, it removes the effort and risk of drilling, mounting and sealing 1,500 roof penetrations. That’s per crew!”
The SkipRail system – rated for 160-mph winds and snow loads up to 40 psf – can eliminate rails three, five, seven and so on, from installations on pitched roofs in most of the country. For homes in higher-load geographies, installers can use Pegasus Rail with the standard dual-rail method. SkipRail works on composition shingle, tile, metal and other pitched roof types, low and steep slopes and both portrait and landscape arrays. It configures around roof obstructions such as vents.
“SkipRail optimizes the Pegasus Rail System installers already use,” Stephan said. “That’s why there’s practically no learning curve. With just one SKU, installers instantly realize a profound savings in material and labor.”
SkipRail share some features with the Pegasus Rail System, such as open-channel wire management and click-in parts. It also introduces significant new benefits. For example, SkipRail automatically levels and bonds panels row-to-row, eliminating labor-intensive steps.
Installers can use the Pegasus Design Tool to configure SkipRail arrays and it is now available from solar distributors nationwide.
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