SOLPOD – PRESS RELEASE
Launching 100% Australian Made solar mounting solution
Solpod Pty Ltd, Australia’s only manufacturer of complete solar rooftop mounting solutions, has signed an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreement with Schletter, a German based, global leader in solar mounting solutions.
Solpod will manufacture its innovative multi-function roof mounting system for Schletter in Australia. The agreement demonstrates the competitiveness of Australian innovation and manufacturing, and enables the solar industry to create more jobs for the economy.
Schletter will market the Australian made product as the Schletter Eco Commercial Tilt (SECT) range, designed for the rooftop, commercial and industrial solar market.
While Australian businesses have been adopting rooftop solar at record levels, customers and industry have been stuck with imported solutions. This changes with the launch of Solpod’s local manufacturing.
The product range covers north-facing tilt, east-west tilt and flush solutions, this is further enhanced by reduced number of stock items, all utilising the same design language.
James Larratt, CEO of Solpod says: “With the launch of the Schletter SECT product range, the Australian solar industry can access locally made solar mounting with the added benefit of Schletter’s sales and support engineers.”
Our products set a new best practice in Occupational Health and Safety with installers no longer required to reach over the 1-metre width of a panel to tighten clamps; reducing the risk of back injury. Removing this action also reduces a major source of panel damage, which can occur when installers lean on panels and create microcracks that degrade performance over time.
Solpod’s innovative design enables cost effective manufacturing in Australia, which creates sustainable manufacturing jobs. “We estimate over 1,200 direct manufacturing jobs could be created by Australian industry switching to locally manufactured rooftop mounting solutions,” says Larratt.
“With our global leadership and German engineering heritage, Schletter are considered a premium solution within the solar mounting systems space. Our partnership with Solpod on SECT is a wonderful endorsement of Australian innovation and manufacturing and adds real depth to our product portfolio,” says Trevor De Vries, Managing Director of Schletter Australia.
SECT is available for pick-up or delivery to site from over 27 warehouses across Australia.
Place an order for SECT now with Schletter (02) 9426 7860.
Quotes of support
“Victoria has created more jobs in renewable energy than any other state thanks to our strong Victorian Renewable Energy Target. It’s exciting that another manufacturer has decided to invest in Victoria.” said Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.
“RACV Solar has a commitment to our community and industry and so it’s exciting to see our solar industry creating sustainable manufacturing jobs. We have a wonderful opportunity to rebound out of lockdown with solar powering Australian manufacturing.” said Andy McCarthy, CEO of RACV Solar, an industry leader in commercial solar systems.
Solpod was founded in 2017 by experienced solar executives as a response to almost every reason businesses have provided for not adopting solar now. Solpod operates out of offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Newcastle. Solpod has patents pending on its technology.
Schletter was founded in 1968 in Germany. The Schletter Group is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of solar mounting systems. They develop and manufacture mounting solutions made of Aluminium and steel for solar farms, flat roofs, and pitched roofs. Their sophisticated solutions deliver supreme quality and durability – wherever the sun shines.