Unirac Acquires Ecolibrium Solar, Expanding Solar Mounting Offerings

Acquisition Reinforces Unirac’s “Better Solar Starts Here” Program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 7, 2020 – – Unirac, North America’s leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic mounting systems, has successfully completed the acquisition of Ecolibrium Solar, a prominent solar racking manufacturer headquartered in Athens, Ohio. The acquisition represents a significant expansion of Unirac’s product portfolio, adding Ecolibrium’s commercial flat roof, residential rail-less and metal roof products to its product line, already recognized as a leader in the industry.

Ecolibrium’s suite of products includes Ecofoot, a polymer-based solution for flat roofs that integrates with Unirac’s recently launched FlashLoc RM attachment, as well as EcoX, a pioneering rail-less product line for residential customers. EcoX is a complement to Unirac’s market-leading SFM Infinity line, offering different features and a metal roof solution in its MetalX version.

“We are excited about the Ecolibrium team and the products they have brought to the market. They share our passion for customer success and have a strong focus on distribution,” said Peter Lorenz, Unirac CEO. “Better solar starts with great partnerships. The increased scale in production, engineering services, and field support allows us to help customers reduce costs and grow their solar business, especially on commercial projects.”

Unirac’s plan is to integrate Ecolibrium’s team and products over the next few months. “As we worked together to develop this partnership, the great fit between our teams became clear,” said Sam Veague, former CEO at Ecolibrium. “With a similar focus on customer experience, quality, and product development, the strength of our combined team enhances our ability to provide our customers with exceptional products and services.”

Tenex acquired Unirac in 2016 as a platform company with the goal to add on other solar companies. “Executing this strategic acquisition during the peak of the current pandemic speaks to our confidence in Unirac’s leadership and strong financial position.” said J.P. Bretl, Managing Director of Tenex Capital Management.

For further details on the acquisition, and to follow future product and service announcements, visit www.unirac.com.

 

About Unirac®

A pioneer in solar racking, Unirac has been North America’s leading manufacturer of solar PV mounting systems for 20 years. The premier U.S. solar racking manufacturer with products that outlive their warranties, Unirac has more than 5GW of experience and 750,000 installations that back up their responsive customer service and supply-chain excellence. Unirac is launching the solar industry’s first racking certification program for installers with three tiers available to selected partners. Learn more at www.unirac.com.

 

About Ecolibrium Solar®

Ecolibrium Solar is a manufacturer of complete solar racking solutions for commercial and residential rooftops, with more than 1 gigawatt installed across the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The company established itself as a market leader with its simple, cost-effective, and installer-friendly products that maximize solar installation efficiency and minimize costs. Ecolibrium Solar has provided proven solutions backed by industry certifications and validated by third parties. Learn more at www.ecolibriumsolar.com.

 

About Tenex Capital Management

Tenex Capital Management is a private equity firm that invests in lower and middle-market companies. Tenex uses an in-house team of hybrid investment professionals skilled in operational leadership, investing and capital markets structuring to maximize long-term value creation. Tenex’s deep operating experience allows the firm to collaborate with management teams to capitalize on business and market opportunities. Tenex has successfully invested in a diverse range of industries, including industrials, manufacturing, automotive aftermarket, and health and business services. For additional information, please visit www.tenexcm.com.

Unirac Media Contact:

Karen Paramanandam
Sales & Marketing Program Manager
T: 505-462-2179
Karenp@unirac.com

UNIRAC INNOVATION SHINES WITH NEW PRODUCTS

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Unirac Inc. has announced two installer-friendly products that carry on its 20-plus-year history of innovation in solar mounting equipment, part of a raft of activity from North America’s leading manufacturer of photovoltaic mounting systems.

“We have a lot coming up for the rest of the year, but most immediately, we’re bringing our Flashloc™ sealing technology, with exceptional waterproofing and ease of installation, to several new applications,” said Ernest Gallegos, Director of Products at Unirac. “The first is a universal flat roof attachment that offers incredible installation speed and cost savings, and the second is a new junction box that will greatly simplify your time on the roof.”

Flashloc™ RM is set to upend the flat-roof attachment market. Requiring no membrane heat welding and a single SKU for most flat roofs, it promises installation speeds that meet or beat any of its competitors. What’s more, its price point makes it extremely attractive, Gallegos said. “When you throw in the strength of 6,600 lbs. of ultimate uplift offset, this product really becomes a no-brainer for the industry. This is a game-changer.”

Unirac’s new junction box solution is called SOLOBOX and is aimed at simplifying installations and reducing damage on roofs associated with prying shingles and nails.

“The versatility of SOLOBOX means a much better experience all the way around,” says Connor Morrison, Residential Product Manager. “We took the convenience of using the same box for composite shingle, rolled composite, or rail-mounted applications, added extra features and made it completely user-friendly.”

The ability to mount to rail using a simple tab gives contractors options when they can’t do attic runs. And when attic runs are possible, the SOLOBOX has room for two conduits with drill points on all four sides for maximum flexibility. The low profile of the SOLOBOX—just 3.5 inches tall—fits easily under panels where allowable, and the box contains mounting points for DIN rail or grounding blocks. A pre-installed DIN rail is also available.

“Best of all, a single captured screw and a hinge top make finishing a snap,” Morrison said. “You can get at the wiring quickly and easily. We know time is crucial for efficiency, and this is designed to meet that need from start to finish.”

As with all of Unirac’s products, SOLOBOX includes a 25-year warranty. It features a NEMA 3R rating, a UL1741 certification, and the same tested and trusted technology as in Unirac’s FLASHLOC™ COMP kit.

“The time and complexity of each aspect of a system add up, so streamlining this key part of the process with SOLOBOX is a great way for Unirac to add value,” Morrison said.

SOLOBOX is available for order now. Visit www.unirac.com for more information.

Gallegos added that this year will bring other major product and service announcements from Unirac.

“This is going to be a significant year for Unirac,” Gallegos explained. “We just added ground screws to our lineup, which extends the variety of groundmount sites open to designers, we’ve incorporated groundmount into our online U-Builder design tool, and our Flashloc™ mount for pitched roofs has been a huge hit.

“That said, there’s a lot more ahead. We’re going to have a lot of fireworks this summer and fall. We have a steady stream of new products in the pipeline and several big surprises coming. We’re thinking of it as a ‘summer of innovation.’”

Peter Lorenz, CEO, said this all adds up to proof of Unirac’s commitment to its customers.

“We say ‘Better Solar Starts Here,’ and that’s in large part because of our product development and innovation,” Lorenz said. “We know it has been hard this year for many of our customers, and we’re proud of what we’ve been able to do for them to keep adding value. Unirac is here for you.”

About Unirac, Inc.

UNIRAC is a leading provider of PV installation products and services that enable residential, commercial and light utility solar installation. With more than 20 years of experience serving global solar markets, UNIRAC products have been installed more than 750,000 times and are helping to provide more than 5 gigawatts of clean, sustainable energy.  Proudly headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, UNIRAC offers products that are installed by leading solar contractors worldwide. For more information, visit www.unirac.com, follow @Unirac on Twitter or @UniracSolar on Instagram, or connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

UNIRAC Media Contact:

Karen Paramanandam

Sales & Marketing Program Manager

T: (505) 216-4250

karenp@unirac.com

Panasonic extends industry-leading warranty on solar panels to cover labor on complete system

Panasonic’s 25-year warranty previously covered solar panels and Enphase microinverters, and will now offer comprehensive labor coverage for its authorized, premium and elite installers

NEWARK, N.J. (June 16, 2020) – Panasonic today announced the expansion of its industry-leading 25-year warranty on solar panels to include labor on all components of the residential solar system, including the monitoring and interconnection hardware and racking system. This builds on the company’s recent warranty expansion to cover labor on Enphase (NASDAQ:ENPH) microinverters included in Panasonic AC modules.

The decision by Panasonic to move to a full-system labor warranty further demonstrates the company’s commitment to provide complete peace of mind to homeowners; by adding the labor coverage, customers have one less step to worry about in the warranty claims process.

The previous arrangement only covered labor for solar panels through authorized and premium installers, while the new, enhanced labor warranty now applies to the the full system. Under the new warranty, Panasonic will alleviate the labor costs associated with servicing valid warranty claims for the solar panel and certain other hardware components if installed with a Panasonic AC module. Such other hardware components are the Enphase microinverter, Enphase Envoy™ communication gateway, Enphase IQ™ Combiner and Unirac racking system.

This new Panasonic “AllGuard™” warranty applies to labor in addition to the product workmanship warranty provided by the equipment manufacturer when installed by a Panasonic authorized, premium or elite installer. Coverage under the AllGuard™ warranty applies to Panasonic solar systems purchased on or after June 16, 2020, and adds an exclusive perk in the suite of value-added tools and warranty offerings available to installers who meet Panasonic’s high standard of excellence.

“The AllGuard™ full-system labor warranty ensures homeowners have complete peace-of-mind, while making our valued installers’ jobs easier and more efficient,” said Mukesh Sethi, Director, Panasonic Life Solutions Company of America. “Panasonic listens closely to customer and installer feedback and is always striving to create products and solutions that meet their needs. The response was so positive from the warranty coverage extension of the Enphase microinverter announced last summer, it became clear that a more comprehensive claims experience is what customers and installers desire across solar system components.”

A long-term warranty is only as reliable as the company backing it. Homeowners and installers will have peace-of-mind knowing that labor on the entire system, regardless of the original parts manufacturer, is endorsed by Panasonic’s time-tested and proven reliability. Its 25-year warranty is one of the longest in the industry; in addition, it guarantees 91 percent of rated power for solar panels over the term of the warranty, which is higher than other solar modules on the market today. Backed by more than a century of financial stability, 40 years of solar power R&D and testing against rigorous quality standards, Panasonic has a well-earned reputation for unbeatable reliability and performance.

For more information about Panasonic solar technology, please visit https://na.panasonic.com/us/solar.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is committed to creating a better life and a better world by enabling its business-to-business customers through innovations in Sustainable Energy, Immersive Entertainment, Integrated Supply Chains and Mobility Solutions. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation. One of Interbrand’s Top 100 Best Global Brands of 2019, Panasonic is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. Learn more about Panasonic’s ideas and innovations at www.na.panasonic.com/us and @PanasonicUSA on all social media channels.

About Unirac, Inc.

UNIRAC is the leading provider of solar PV installation products and services for residential, commercial and light utility solar installation. With more than 20 years of experience serving global solar markets, UNIRAC products have been installed more than 750,000 times and are helping to provide more than 5 gigawatts of clean, sustainable energy.  Proudly headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, UNIRAC offers products that are installed by leading solar contractors worldwide. For more information, visit www.unirac.com, follow @Unirac on Twitter or @UniracSolar on Instagram, or connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Enphase Energy, Inc.

Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, delivers smart, easy-to-use solutions that manage solar generation, storage and communication on one intelligent platform. The Company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter technology and produces a fully integrated solar-plus-storage solution. Enphase has shipped more than 27 million microinverters, and over 1.1 million Enphase systems have been deployed in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit www.enphase.com and follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Editorial Contacts:

Yessica Castillo

Panasonic Life Solutions North America

201.392.4193

Yessica.Castillo@us.panasonic.com

 

Lauren Camdzic

Porter Novelli for Panasonic

404.995.4500

Lauren.Camdzic@porternovelli.com

 

Unirac Contact:

Kelsey Cunningham

Certified Installer Program Manager

505.462.2163

Kelsey.Cunningham@unirac.com

UNIRAC EARNS MIAMI-DADE PRODUCT APPROVAL

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Unirac, Inc., North America’s leading manufacturer of PV mounting systems, is pleased to announce its SOLARMOUNT PV Mounting system is the first solar racking product to receive a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) product approval for construction in Miami-Dade County, Florida.  With its provisions for High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) wind conditions, Miami-Dade has the most stringent building code requirements in the United States.  The NOA (NOA No. 19-0429.02) will significantly reduce the cost and timeline for residential solar installation throughout the state of Florida and in other high wind regions.

The Miami-Dade County Product Approval System is an internationally recognized protocol to evaluate the standards and quality of building products in severe high wind environments. The NOA establishes code compliance and provides a pre-approval of the building product, thus simplifying the design, permitting and approval process, resulting in cost savings of several hundred dollars per project.  Solar contractors in other high wind areas also benefit from the Miami-Dade NOA.  Authorities Having Jurisdiction across Florida, in other coastal states, and as far away as the Caribbean, Guam and Hawaii accept the NOA as meeting their local product approval requirements.

Ernest Gallegos, Unirac’s Director of Products, said, “A Miami-Dade NOA is the gold standard of product approvals for high wind regions. This achievement reflects our dedication to providing high quality products with exceptional engineering, and to Better Solar Starts HereTM, our commitment to provide our customers the best end-to-end experience, from design to final installation, allowing them to reduce costs and focus on growing their business. We appreciate the partnership of Miami-Dade County in attaining this challenging product evaluation.”

The NOA is available at www.Unirac.com or from Miami-Dade. Unirac will host a free webinar on Friday, June 26 at 1pm EDT for solar contractors who would like to learn more about Miami Dade NOA; register here to reserve a space. For more information about Unirac products please contact your Unirac distributor or contact Unirac at (505) 248-2702 or info@unirac.com.

 

About Unirac, Inc.

UNIRAC is the leading provider of solar PV installation products and services for residential, commercial, and light utility solar installation. With more than 20 years of experience serving global solar markets, UNIRAC products have been installed more than 750,000 times and are helping to provide more than 5 gigawatts of clean, sustainable energy.  Proudly headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, UNIRAC products are installed by leading solar contractors worldwide. For more information, visit www.unirac.com, follow @Unirac on Twitter or @UniracSolar on Instagram, or connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

UNIRAC Media Contact:
Greg Barnes
Director of Strategic Marketing
T: (505) 462-2160
gregb@unirac.com

UNIRAC, Solar Stack Deal Will Take Non-Penetrating Solar Mounting System Global

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, January 15, 2020 – Unirac, Inc., North America’s leading manufacturer of PV mounting systems, and Solar Stack, a Florida-based manufacturer of an innovative, non-ballasted, non-penetrating solar mounting solution, have announced an exclusive global license deal for the Solar Stack product. With the signing of this technology deal, the two companies are poised to expand on the momentum set by the founders of Solar Stack.

For more than 20 years, UNIRAC has paced the North American market as the leading provider of PV mounting solutions. The deal with Solar Stack continues Unirac’s series of acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and new product and service introductions, part of Unirac’s Better Solar Starts Here™ program to provide customers with the best installation experience for residential and commercial solar.

“We are very excited to announce the partnership with Solar Stack as our quest continues to demonstrate our market leadership,” said Peter Lorenz, Unirac CEO. “Continuous improvement and innovation are the keys to pushing the market forward, and this partnership is yet another example of that.”

Tim and Michelle Graboski, two of Florida’s most influential roofing veterans, founded Solar Stack with a singular vision: providing solar installers with a groundbreaking but simple mounting solution that does not penetrate the roof. The founders applied knowledge gained from more than 30 years in the roofing industry and Tim’s service on the Florida Building Commission to develop a structural attachment of proven, code-approved commercial foam adhesive that bonds to the roof surface and anchors the patented Solar Stack pedestal. The product is equally well suited for fastened tile roofs, like those in Florida, and commercial flat roofs.  It has had tremendous success in Florida, where it holds the most stringent certification for use in High-Velocity Hurricane Zones.

Tim Graboski, CEO of Solar Stack, commented: “A partnership with Unirac was the obvious choice, and we felt strongly that they were the ideal partner. We both share a passion and commitment for bringing innovation to the market and serving our customers, and we are very excited to see Solar Stack in the Unirac family of products.”

Please contact Unirac for information about the application of Solar Stack for your project or for Solar Stack distributors in your area.

 

About Unirac, Inc.

UNIRAC is the leading provider of solar PV installation products and services for residential, commercial and light utility solar installation. With more than 20 years of experience serving global solar markets, UNIRAC products have been installed more than 750,000 times and are helping to provide more than 5 gigawatts of clean, sustainable energy.  Proudly headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, UNIRAC offers products that are installed by leading solar contractors worldwide. For more information, visit www.unirac.com, follow @Unirac on Twitter or @UniracSolar on Instagram, or connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

About Solar Stack

Solar Stack is an innovative Florida-based company that manufactures the first non-ballasted, non-penetrating rail-free mounting solutions suited for many different roof applications both commercial and residential. For more information, visit www.solarstack.com.

 

UNIRAC Media Contact:

Chad Robinson
Vice President, Corporate Development

T: (916) 541-2813

Chad.Robinson@unirac.com

 

Unirac, Inc. and Viridian Solar Announce Technology Licensing Deal for Roof Integrated Solar

Albuquerque, New Mexico & Cambridge, UK, September 23rd, 2019 – Unirac, Inc., North America’s leading manufacturer of PV mounting systems, and Viridian Solar, a UK-based manufacturer of roof integrated solar panels, are excited to announce a new collaboration to bring Viridian’s roof-integrated solar technology to the United States. Unirac will showcase the product at Solar Power International in Salt Lake City, Utah September 24-26.

Marketed as Clearline Fusion in European markets, the product is especially well suited to the new-build residential sector where Viridian Solar has quickly achieved a market-leading position in the United Kingdom, signing up leading homebuilders to exclusive national supply agreements.   It has also seen recent success in the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany, and Austria.

For more than 20 years, UNIRAC has paced the North American market as a leading provider of PV mounting solutions. Over the last eighteen months, the company has executed a series of new acquisitions, strategic partnerships and new product launches to expand its offering to provide a more holistic solar experience.

Welcoming the deal, Peter Lorenz, CEO of Unirac says:

“Our quest to develop, seek out and offer the best and most innovative products on the market led us to Cambridge and Viridian Solar.  We selected Viridian’s PV roofing system for its elegant simplicity, high-quality materials, robust testing, and proven market performance.  The solar mandate comes into force in California in 2020 and we will be ready to offer homebuilders in California and other states a highly desirable, aesthetically pleasing roof integrated solar option.”

Founded in 2004 by engineers from Cambridge University, Viridian Solar has a long pedigree and solid track-record of designing and manufacturing roof-integrated solar technology.  The system replaces tiles on pitched roofs, sitting lower in the roofline for improved aesthetics as well as the highest wind resistance and fire rating of any roof-integrated system. Easy to use design software, installation techniques, and simple kitting make the system attractive to both experienced and novice solar installers.

Stuart Elmes, CEO of Viridian Solar explained:

“We have been extremely impressed by the professionalism and dynamism of the Unirac team and look forward to working together to successfully bring this product to the United States.   Unirac’s undoubted experience, market reach and reputation will be key to unlocking this tremendous opportunity.”

Viridian Solar has granted Unirac an exclusive license to manufacture, market and sell its roof-integrated solar technology in the US and Latin American markets.  Come by Unirac’s Booth (4513) at Solar Power International to see the new product and get more information on upcoming availability.

 

About Unirac, Inc.

UNIRAC is a leading provider of PV installation products and services that enable residential, commercial and light utility solar installation. With more than 20 years of experience serving global solar markets, UNIRAC products have been installed more than 750,000 times and are helping to provide more than 5GW of clean, sustainable energy.  Proudly headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, UNIRAC products are installed by leading solar contractors worldwide. For more information, visit www.unirac.com, follow @Unirac on Twitter or @UniracSolar on Instagram, or connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

About Viridian Solar

Viridian Solar is an innovative Cambridge-based designer and manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products.  It is best known for low profile, roof integrated Clearline Fusion range of PV solar panels.

www.viridiansolar.co.uk

 

UNIRAC Media Contact:

Greg Barnes
Director of Strategic Marketing
T: 505-462-2160
gregb@unirac.com

 

Viridian Solar Press Contact:

Stuart Elmes
CEO
+44 (0)1480 839865
stuart.elmes@viridiansolar.co.uk

Unirac Launches Racking Industry-First Solar Installer Certification Program

Three Tiers of Certification for Trusted Partners Unveiled at Solar Power International

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., September 23, 2019 – – Unirac has been a pioneer in the solar racking space for 20 years, resulting in its products now outliving their original warranties—an achievement that translates into real savings for homeowners and a mark of trust for installers who sell them. Now, Unirac has launched the first solar racking certification program in the industry for committed installation partners. Three tiers of certification were unveiled this week at Solar Power International (SPI) in Salt Lake City.
“It’s clear from solar installers’ demand that our solid products and warranties make a real difference in their businesses and their customer satisfaction,” said Peter Lorenz, Unirac CEO. “That’s exactly why we rolled out this program—to arm our trusted installation partners with training, tools and marketing assets to help grow their own businesses and continue providing excellent customer support.”

Three tiers of certification range from Certified, Certified Gold and Certified Platinum. Requirements for admission into the program vary and are based on measurable practices and consumer confidence. Potential partners will be vetted on how well they embody the ideals of Unirac’s mission, “Better Solar Starts Here,” thus helping the solar industry expand across the country. A full suite of co-branded marketing assets will be available to partners in a partner portal, along with access to Unirac’s training modules. The Certified Platinum level will provide extended warranties for homeowners, increasing customer retention for installation partners while providing second-to-none value for the customer.

“Solar Optimum is proud to be among the first Unirac Platinum Certified Installers,” said Arno Aghamalian, CEO and President of Solar Optimum. “The program will enhance our growth because it provides key differentiators for us in our market. It sets us apart by recognizing those of us in the industry who have the best quality record and the most longevity.”

Interested potential partners are encouraged to learn more at www.Unirac.com/certified-installer/.

About Unirac

A pioneer in solar racking, Unirac has been North America’s leading manufacturer of solar PV mounting systems for 20 years. The premier U.S. solar racking manufacturer with products that outlive their warranties, Unirac has more than 5GW of experience and 750,000 installations that back up their responsive customer service and supply-chain excellence. Unirac is launching the solar industry’s first racking certification program for installers with three tiers available to selected partners. Learn more at www.unirac.com.

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For Questions:

Kelsey Cunningham
kelsey.cunningham@unirac.com
505-462-2163

UNIRAC, INC. UNVEILS NEW PRODUCTS, INCLUDING REVOLUTIONARY ROOF-TOP SOLAR MOUNTING SYSTEM, BETTER SOLAR STARTS HERE™

Albuquerque, NM, August 6th, 2019 – UNIRAC, Inc. unveiled an innovative collection of new products and accessories, including SFM INFINITY, a revolutionary rooftop solar PV mounting system, that optimize the solar installation process. The announcement is the latest round in UNIRAC’s Better Solar Starts Here™ program to help customers capture the next level of cost savings and grow their solar businesses.

For more than 20 years, UNIRAC has paced the North American market as a leading provider of PV mounting solutions. Over the last eighteen months, the company has executed a series of new acquisitions, strategic partnerships and new product launches to expand its offering to provide a more holistic solar installation experience.

UNIRAC CEO, Peter Lorenz, explained how SFM INFINITY impacts solar contractors’ operations. “This third-generation mounting system transcends racking to benefit solar installers across their value chains, by reducing logistics costs, eliminating rough-in inspections, and enabling two installations per crew per day. Plus, more than four out of five homeowners surveyed prefer its aesthetics. SFM INFINITY is part of our relentless pursuit to help customers transform their solar businesses.”

Along with SFM INFINITY, UNIRAC unveiled E-BOSS, a line of electrical balance of systems components, and Pro Series SOLARHOOKS, a line of strengthened solar attachments for tile roofs. Integrating solar PV accessories and roof attachments with UNIRAC mounting solutions creates a better installation experience, from array design and logistics, to installation and service calls, a pillar of Better Solar Starts Here™. The program also includes an expanded product portfolio (the result of acquisition) licensing and voice of customer product development, installer-focused training, and UNIRAC’s transferable 25-Year full system warranty.

Sean Linn, UNIRAC’s COO, explained how UNIRAC is transforming the way solar is installed. “To deliver on Better Solar Starts Here™, we enhanced our U-Builder solar design software, doubled the size of our product development team, and hired six in-region field support specialists to provide hands-on installer training. The results are tangible: for example, we applied our technical excellence to strengthen our SOLARHOOK tile roof attachments by up to 60% over standard tile hooks, and later this year we will expand our product portfolio with a low ballast flat roof solution, attachments for metal and commercial flat roofs, and installer support services.”

UNIRAC’s new products can be found at unirac.com/showcase.


About UNIRAC, Inc.

UNIRAC is a leading provider of PV installation products and services that enable residential, commercial and light utility solar installation. With more than 20 years of experience serving global solar markets, UNIRAC products have been installed more than 750,000 times and are helping to provide more than 5GW of clean, sustainable energy. Proudly headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, UNIRAC products are installed by leading solar contractors worldwide. For more information, follow @Unirac on Twitter or @UniracSolar on Instagram, or connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

UNIRAC Media Contact
Greg Barnes
Director of Strategic Marketing
Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-462-2160
E: gregb@unirac.com

Unirac Expands Solutions Offering with Acquisition of Residential Attachments Specialist SolarHooks

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – April 26, 2018Unirac, Inc., North America’s leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic mounting systems, announced today that it has acquired certain assets of SolarHooks, a manufacturer of residential solar roof attachments. With this addition, Unirac now offers a comprehensive product line to the residential market, a large and growing segment of the solar PV industry.

“We’re excited to provide a total solution for solar installers,” said Peter Lorenz, President and CEO of Unirac, Inc. “Our customers have been asking us for a complete product line with the quality of Unirac’s engineering and supply chain.” The acquisition also demonstrates Unirac’s strength and its ability to take advantage of market opportunities. “As we celebrate our 20th year, this investment reflects our confidence in the solar industry and our commitment to our customers,” said Lorenz.

Unirac’s acquisition of SolarHooks’ product lines is the result of an extensive market review. “We surveyed the entire market and concluded that SolarHooks has the best technologies and best value for our customers,” said Ernest Gallegos, Director of Products at Unirac. SolarHooks’ product portfolio includes a variety of attachment and flashing solutions for residential tile and composition shingle roofs. The company also plans to release an improved tile replacement solution. “We’re excited to join Unirac and extend our customer reach,” said Brady Session, co-founder of SolarHooks. “Our success is based on our relentless efforts to make things happen for our customers,” added Chad Robinson, co-founder of SolarHooks. “We found great alignment in Unirac, who shares the same passion for our customers.”

J.P. Bretl, a Managing Director of Tenex Capital Management, Unirac’s lead investor along with management, remarked, “We look forward to working with Unirac’s leadership team to further enhance its market leadership position in solar panel mounting systems by bringing additional best-in-class solutions to its portfolio.”

 

About Unirac, Inc.

Unirac provides innovative mounting solutions for solar photovoltaics. The company has a portfolio of industry leading residential, commercial and utility scale solutions. Unirac’s high quality and competitively priced products are backed by responsive customer support, integrated software solutions, robust engineering services, certified quality, and supply chain excellence. With 20 years of customer service, Unirac has 5GW of experience and more than 500,000 installations worth of knowledge. Partnering with Unirac leverages experience that makes a difference. For more information, visit www.unirac.com and follow @Unirac on Twitter or connect on Facebook  and LinkedIn.

 

About SolarHooks

SolarHooks is a solar mounting systems manufacturer with a focus on delivering high-quality products at competitive prices. Its driving philosophy is to develop innovative yet simple residential attachment solutions for the solar PV market. The company’s suite of patented solutions enables contractors to quickly and confidently install solar on all types of residential roofs. For more information, visit www.solarhooks.com.

 

About Tenex

Tenex Capital Management is a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies. Tenex uses an in-house team of hybrid investment professionals skilled in operational leadership, investing and capital markets structuring to maximize long-term value creation. Tenex’s deep operating experience allows the firm to collaborate with management teams to capitalize on business and market opportunities. Tenex has successfully invested in a diverse range of industries, including industrials, manufacturing, and health and business services.  For additional information, please visit www.tenexcm.com.

 

Unirac Media Contact:
Greg Barnes
Director of Strategic Marketing
Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-462-2160
E: greg.barnes@unirac.com

Sunnova Selects Unirac as Preferred Provider of PV Mounting Systems


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. and HOUSTONSept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —  Unirac, Inc.North America’s leading manufacturer of PV mounting systems, and Sunnova Energy Corp., a market leader in residential solar services, announced today that on August 22 Unirac was selected as a preferred provider of PV mounting systems for Sunnova.

“This partnership demonstrates Sunnova’s ability to bring best-in-class products to its customers while lowering the cost of solar,” John Berger, Chief Executive Officer at Sunnova, said. “We value Unirac’s experience and are confident Sunnova’s partners and homeowners will enjoy the peace of mind that comes with Unirac’s portfolio of rail and rail-less mounting systems.”

“We are passionate about Sunnova’s success and excited to help its channel partners make solar happen,” Peter Lorenz, president and CEO of Unirac, said. “This agreement validates our mission to relentlessly enable the adoption of solar by delivering to the market exceptionally-performing, high-quality solutions that stand the test of time.”

Sunnova is one of the largest privately-held residential solar services company in the U.S., with tens of thousands of customers in various states, plus Puerto RicoGuam and Saipan. The company has raised more than $2 billion in financing since 2013.

Unirac is North America’s leading supplier of PV mounting solutions. The company’s SOLARMOUNT and SUNFRAME MICRORAIL product lines provide installers with industry-best rail and rail-less options for residential solar PV. Unirac customers leverage the experience of a trusted supplier with 5GW of experience at nearly 500,000 installations, backed by a best-in-class, 25-year, full-system warranty.

About Unirac, Inc.

Unirac provides innovative mounting solutions for solar photovoltaics. Recognized for excellence in product development, Unirac has a portfolio of industry leading residential, commercial and utility scale solutions. High quality and competitively priced products are backed by responsive customer support, integrated software solutions, robust engineering services, certified quality, and supply chain excellence. With nearly 20 years of customer service, Unirac has 5GW of experience and more than 500,000 installations worth of knowledge. Partnering with Unirac leverages experience that makes a difference. For more information, visit www.unirac.com and follow @Unirac on Twitter or connect on Facebook  and LinkedIn.

About Sunnova Energy Corporation

Sunnova is simply a different kind of power company, offering rooftop solar service to homeowners within the United States through its network of local sales and installation partners. Its mission is to change the energy industry by providing low-cost, worry-free solar power that generates long-term savings for customers and continued business growth for partners. For more information, visit sunnova.com and follow @Sunnova_Solar on Twitter or connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Unirac Media Contact:
Greg Barnes
Director of Strategic Marketing
Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-462-2160
E: greg.barnes@unirac.com

Sunnova Media Contact:
Emily Haggstrom
Email: EHaggstrom@hbwresources.com
Phone: 713-337-8820
Cell: 720-582-0242