Pegasus debuts SkipRail rooftop solar mounting system

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Pegasus is debuting a new solar rail system that is four years in the making — SkipRail — and it does just as the name suggests. An extension of the Pegasus Rail System, the SkipRail clamp is a single part that dramatically speeds installation and saves enormous amounts of material. The SkipRail clamp eliminates entire rows of rail, mounts, clamps and roof penetrations. 

SkipRail leverages excess strength that PV manufacturers build into PV modules. It allows installers to eliminate rails three, five, seven and so on, from installations in most of the country (rated for up to 160 mph winds and snow loads up to 40 psf). For homes in higher-load geographies, installers simply use Pegasus Rail with the standard dual-rail method.

“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,” states Pegasus CEO Kai Stephan. “Most significantly, it removes the effort and risk of drilling, mounting and sealing 1,500 roof penetrations. That’s per crew.”

SkipRail works on any pitched roof type (composition shingle, tile, metal, etc.), low and steep slopes, and both portrait and landscape arrays. It is easily configurable to work around roof obstructions such as vents. 

SkipRail maintains all the advantages of the Pegasus Rail System, such as open-channel wire management and click-in parts. At the same time, it introduces significant new benefits. For example, SkipRail automatically levels and bonds panels row-to-row, eliminating labor-intensive steps.

“SkipRail optimizes the Pegasus Rail System installers already use,” states Stephan. “That’s why there’s practically no learning curve. With just one SKU, installers instantly realize a profound savings in material and labor.”

Additionally, installers can use the Pegasus Design Tool to rapidly configure SkipRail arrays, streamline the design and engineering processes and immediately calculate project savings.

SkipRail is now available from solar distributors nationwide.

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