SolarWorld endorses industry shift to rail-free racking for solar installations

SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for 40 years, today announced its alignment with an industry trend away from use of long rails in mounting solar panels and toward rail-free racking in light of the latter’s cost savings in materials, labor, storage and shipping. Innovative rail-free racking attaches the solar panels directly to individual roof mounts, instead of conventional, long rails.

“Rail-free residential racking fits well into SolarWorld’s portfolio of the best solar products on the market,” said Ardes Johnson, U.S. vice president of sales and marketing for SolarWorld. “Our rail-free racking systems offer lower material costs, reduce installation time on often hot roofs, take up a much smaller warehouse footprint, cost significantly less to ship and, at the end of the job, look better.”

In SolarWorld’s drive to bring the market’s best products to installers, SolarWorld announced an alliance with Quick Mount PV, a leading U.S. manufacturer of solar roof mounts based in Walnut Creek, Calif. Quick Mount’s patented Quick Rack rail-free system upholds the company’s best-in-class standards of quality and customer experience.

“Quick Mount is honored to be a part of this select group of racking vendors and industry elite,” said Anne Wright, vice president of sales for Quick Mount. “SolarWorld and Quick Mount have the same values and standards that installers can bank on: made in America, commitment to quality, customer support, training and manufacturing excellence. With simplified ordering from SolarWorld, we believe installers can save time and money on every installation, and sell more solar. When good companies work together, the industry moves forward.”

As a result of the alliance, SolarWorld will offer the Quick Rack rail-free systems alongside other best-in-industry residential, commercial and utility-scale solar products.

“SolarWorld is carrying out its history of providing products that live up to the high expectations and requirements of its customers and partners,” Johnson said. “We are committed to providing whatever level of support that our customers need to help them have more success in an increasingly competitive landscape.”

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