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download press release »04/02/2013

Massachusetts Home Boosts Energy Efficiency with Apollo® Solar Roofing System Installed by Residential Exteriors, Inc.

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – An existing Massachusetts home becomes more energy efficient with CertainTeed’s Apollo® Solar Roofing System installed by Residential Exteriors, Inc., Braintree, Mass.

The 3,500 square-foot home was in need of a new roof and the homeowners had been interested in solar roofing to increase energy savings. Having attended a CertainTeed demonstration of the Apollo system, Residential Exteriors recommended the product due to its ease of integrating with an existing roof. 

“The homeowner originally wanted to replace the roof with traditional shingles, but after being introduced to Apollo, they were very excited to incorporate the solar system into their existing roof,” said Nick Kazolias, president of Residential Exteriors. “This was our first time working with the system and we, along with the homeowners, were more than pleased with the end results.”

With high performance 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.

Unlike rack-mounted solar systems, Apollo fully aligns 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.

“All in all, the project took about a week to complete. I was very excited to work with Apollo for the first time and I truly believe it is the future of the industry,” added Kazolias.

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.

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 5,700 employees and more than 60 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 and 2012 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 $3.3 billion in 2012. www.certainteed.com

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