Solpod, an Australian 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.
“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,” James Larratt, CEO of Solpod said. He said that their 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. The press statement added that 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,” said 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,” said Trevor De Vries, managing director of Schletter Australia.