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Tremendous Growth Opportunities Exist for Roofing Contractors who Embrace Rooftop Solar Installation

Date: Oct. 28, 2014 (847) 493-7548

Tremendous Growth Opportunities Exist for Roofing Contractors who Embrace Rooftop Solar Installation

Professional Roofing's October issue reports how roofing contractors can expand their markets by adopting photovoltaic installation

Rosemont, Ill.—With solar energy becoming more mainstream in many parts of the U.S., roofing contractors who add photovoltaic (PV) installation to their services can greatly expand in their markets. The rising demand for solar energy and what it could mean for professional roofing contractors is highlighted in "Mainstream in the Marketplace" an article in the October issue of the National Roofing Contractors Association's (NRCA's) trade magazine Professional Roofing.

"Because of the nature of rooftop PV work, roofing professionals are in the best position to grow their companies by adding PV work to their services," says the article's author, John Schehl, executive director of Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE™), which supports the widespread use of rooftop solar energy. "Demand is going to grow, and roofing contractors will likely encounter this need."

In 2013, the PV marketplace installed 4,751 megawatts (MW) of solar power compared with 3.7 (MW) in 2000. This is an increase of 1,284 percent during 13 years.

The rise in rooftop solar installations prompted NRCA's leadership to develop technical guidelines for rooftop PV installations and, in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, establish RISE. RISE has developed a professional credential for installers of rooftop PV systems, the Certified Solar Roofing Professional ™ (CSRP™). The CSRP credential empowers individuals who oversee the installation of PV systems on rooftops.

"Mainstream in the Marketplace" states that because a roofing contractor has the best knowledge of roof systems, they are in the best position to oversee rooftop solar installation. This presents professional roofing contractors with tremendous growth opportunities if they choose to embrace rooftop PV.


The official publication for NRCA, Professional Roofing informs, educates and engages readers by providing timely, useful information and focuses on quality, innovation and responsiveness to readers' needs to help every roofing professional succeed. For more information, visit www.professionalroofing.net.

RISE was created by the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and the National Roofing Contractors Association to provide a means of evaluating and certifying solar roofing professional to support the widespread use of rooftop solar energy. RISE evaluates and certifies solar energy installers for knowledge about critical roof system construction and maintenance practices necessary to support successful rooftop solar energy installations based on principles regarding the installation and maintenance of rooftop solar energy systems without adversely affecting roof system performance and service life. RISE also provides the public with tools to identify skilled rooftop solar energy professionals. For more information, visit www.riseprofessional.org.

NRCA is one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. NRCA's mission is to inform and assist the roofing industry, act as its principal advocate and help members in serving their customers. NRCA continually strives to enhance every aspect of the roofing industry. For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit www.nrca.net.

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