Solar panels attached to a composition roof are normally fixed on racks, which are in turn mounted to the roof with fasteners that go through the roofing into sheathing and framing below. An alternative developed by SolarPod requires no through-the-roof fasteners, thus eliminating a possible source of leaks and cutting installation costs. The SolarPod Crown, which straddles a gable roof, now has a UL listing and a Class A Fire Rating. One customer said he was able to remove his 1 kilowatt photovoltaic system from the roof with the help of a two-man crew in 20 minutes. The company says the SolarPod Crown has been tested on a variety of roofing materials, including shingle, wood shake, metal, and tile. The system reduces installation costs by as much as 50%, according to the company.
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