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download press release »02/22/2012

CertainTeed Strengthens Solar Portfolio, Introducing Two Powerful Solar Rooftop Solutions at the 2012 International Roofing Expo

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation is strengthening its position as a leader in the solar roofing industry with the debut of PowerMax® and Apollo®, the latest in accessible, residential rooftop solar technology, at the 2012 International Roofing Expo in Orlando. Each system offers a unique, stylish solar solution specifically designed for maximum energy generation and backed by vigorous training programs and technical support, as well as extended warranties.

The Apollo Solar Roofing System features highly integrated polycrystalline solar panels that lie flat with surrounding asphalt shingles. It is lightweight, durable and resistant to wind uplift. Also new to IRE, PowerMax Photovoltaic Modules feature rack-mounted, Copper–Indium–Selenide (CIS) thin film technology for one of the best cost-to-power ratio in the industry. Both can easily be installed on an existing roof or with a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles.

“Solar energy is fast becoming a go-to option for homeowners looking to save money on utility bills and reduce environmental impacts,” said Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “Through the development of Apollo and PowerMax, we are partnering with building professionals and roofing contractors to offer affordable, easy-to-install solar technology that opens up new opportunities to grow their business.”

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 convert it into electricity for a power rating of approximately 52 watts per module.

Manufactured by Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company and parent company to CertainTeed, PowerMax is an ultra-efficient, cost-effective module solution with a sophisticated, sleek design resulting in a stylishly uniform look. With a mounting lip hiding mounting clamps, PowerMax guarantees an aesthetically pleasing rooftop appearance. Under ideal weather conditions, PowerMax can generate an impressive 100 watts plus per module.

“By providing extensive contractor training, the decision of which product to install is made easier for the homeowner, taking into account the unique aspects to each individual property, budget and climate,” added Smith.

CertainTeed offers a powerful portfolio of photovoltaic roofing systems in North America, including EnerGen™, Apollo and 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 $3.2 billion in 2011. www.certainteed.com

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