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download press release »10/05/2011

Apollo Solar Roofing System from CertainTeed Offers Sleek Appearance with Easy-to-Install Design

 (Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation is revolutionizing the roofing industry with the introduction of the Apollo™ Solar Roofing System, featuring highly integrated photovoltaic (PV) panels into the roofing system.  In addition to the high performance of polycrystalline panels, Apollo is lightweight, durable, resistant to wind uplift, and can easily be integrated into either an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles.  

 “Building upon the launch of CertainTeed’s EnerGen™ photovoltaic system in 2010, Apollo is our latest solar roofing system that offers exceptional performance, ergonomics, and design aesthetics,” says Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “With additional PV products in the pipeline, CertainTeed is committed to equipping contractors with the products and training they need to meet the growing homeowner demand for solar roofing.”

Unlike rack-mounted solar systems, Apollo fully integrates with roofing shingles for a clean, seamless appearance. Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency polycrystalline silicon solar cells that absorb sunlight and converts it into electricity. Its lightweight design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, making it easier for contractors to install while maintaining roof deck integrity.

The Apollo system is offered in pre-engineered kits containing all components necessary for installation. Apollo modules are Class A fire rated and meet UL 1703 requirements. The product qualifies for a 30 percent federal tax credit and may be eligible for state rebates and incentives listed at www.dsireusa.org.

CertainTeed and parent company Saint-Gobain, the global leader in solar technology and innovation, offer a powerful portfolio of photovoltaic roofing systems in North America, including EnerGen™, Sunlap®, Apollo™ and Avancis PowerMax®. Designed to meet the demands of sustainable construction and replacement roofing, the solar product offering leverages next generation technology to generate unrivaled performance without compromising aesthetics. For more information, visit www.certainteedsolar.com.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2010. www.certainteed.com

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