CertainTeed showcases solar tiles, roofing at Pacific Coast Builders Conference

roof with solar panels

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At the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) this week, CertainTeed, a leading North American manufacturer of building materials, will be showcasing its solar product line right alongside its exterior offerings, promoting its ability to comply with California’s updated Title 24 solar mandate, which takes effect in 2020. Title 24 standards in California are designed to ensure new and existing buildings achieve energy efficiency and preserve indoor environmental quality.

“With the upcoming changes to California Title 24, and other state and local governments eyeing adoption of similar building codes in the coming years, PCBC is the perfect opportunity to show builders some of the CertainTeed products that are helping drive a more sustainable future,” said Matt Gibson, vice president, corporate marketing. “We continue to focus on occupant comfort as well as energy efficiency, and our efforts towards product development, like our innovative solar solutions, speak to that.”

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Attendees are invited to visit CertainTeed at booth #1635 to learn more about the following products:

• Apollo II/Apollo Tile II Solar Roofing – Engineered for seamless integration with new or existing asphalt shingle or concrete tile roofs, Apollo II solar roofing provides a sleek, low-profile aesthetic. Additional installer-friendly features include simple flashing, plug-and-play connectors and built-in wire management.

• Landmark Solaris Shingles – The cool roof version of CertainTeed’s best-selling asphalt shingle, Landmark Solaris is a wood shake-inspired shingle that utilizes advanced roofing granules to reflect solar energy and radiant heat.

• Bufftech Fence: Allegheny and Sherwood Collections – Allegheny and Sherwood are CertainTeed’s Bufftech rotationally-molded fence profiles. These durable options provide long-lasting, beautiful outdoor living spaces.

• Cedar Impressions Polymer Shakes and Shingles Siding – Designed for whole house applications or accents, Cedar Impressions Polymer Shakes and Shingles siding offers authentic cedar style siding without the expense and heavy maintenance of wood.

— Solar Builder magazine

Ginlong Solis inverters added to Loanpal approved vendor list

ginlong solis

Ginlong Solis‘entire line of Solis Residential Inverters and accessories have been added to the Approved Vendor List (AVL) of Loanpal. Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewable has ranked Loanpal as the second largest residential solar loan provider in the U.S with a 20% market share in that space in 2018.

Ginlong Solis offers a one-stop-shop for PV string inverters sold into the residential, commercial and utility solar market. In 2018, Solis released its new Customer Service Program, providing advanced metrics, ticket tracking, automated RMA submission, and an AI Chat Bot to answer questions 24/7. Ginlong Solis is now listed on the SZSE Stock Exchange after a successful IPO.

Loanpal details

Loans are now the dominant residential solar financing option in the US, outperforming third party-owned solar sales in 2018 and Loanpal, founded as Paramount Equity Mortgage ($27 Billion in total loan volume), is now the third-largest residential financier in the U.S., after Sunrun and Mosaic.

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Part of the reason Loanpal has jumped to this position after just 15 months in the market is the Loanpal proprietary finTech Platform. Loanpal is focused on the financial piece of the solar purchase and does not install PV systems. The company’s finTech platform serves as a “connective tissue between banks, clean energy system installers and homeowners”. Loanpal’s growing solar installer networks may give them an advantage over traditional loan providers that may get into this space in the coming years.

Woods MacKenzie noted that Loanpal “has the backing of a large mortgage company and the expertise from several seasoned industry executives, which gives them clout”. Loanpal has found a way to roll clean energy loans into the customer’s mortgage and customers can avoid making two separate payments. Loanpal offers zero-down financing and virtually instant loan approvals, sort of like a PayPal for PV systems.

— Solar Builder magazine

Alencon Systems debuts GARD for Ground Fault, ARC Detection and Rapid Disconnect

Alencon GARD

Alencon Systems’ latest product offering is the GARD, which provides string level ground and arc fault detection and rapid disconnect. The GARD can be used on a stand-alone basis or conjunction with its SPOT technology. The GARD can also communicate via the use of the Alencon Communications Environment – the ACE.

The GARD was developed by Alencon specifically for rooftop deployments in order to make them safer and more easily compliant with NEC and other fire safety regulations, though it can also be used in ground mounted installations. The GARD can be installed with new PV systems or as an easy, cost effective retrofit to existing PV systems.

The GARD is powered directly from the PV, so even for retrofit applications, it does not require any auxiliary power to be run, making upgrading the safety of your existing system much easier.

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The 3 IN 1 integrated solar roof passes UL 1703 testing

3 in 1 roof

One of the more intriguing integrated solar roof systems, the 3 IN 1, just completed a test plan for UL 1703 approval and is waiting its certified paperwork.

UL 1703 is a mandated group of tests every high-energy output solar product must pass in order to be rightfully certified and legally sold in the marketplace. Traditional solar panels have been achieving UL 1703 compliance for decades which standardized their component compositions long ago, meaning acquiring certification is no longer a challenge.

Integrated solar systems are new to the market, lending quite a different story. All sorts of problems arise when solar cells come in contact with the roof coverings and that explains why this sector of the industry experiences slow growth. Including today’s news only two true integrated solar roofs have passed UL 1703 testing, the other being Luma (not Tesla).

3 IN 1 ROOF details

The 3 IN 1 ROOF has a lifetime warranty, near 20 percent crystalline solar efficiency, retro-fits any sloped roof, installs between $4 – $4.50 per watt, and has High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) approval. But the biggest separator for the 3 IN 1 versus competitors is the thick 3 lb foam embodiment that eliminates rooftop solar gains from entering the structure, which means high-performance attic areas, in-turn reducing loads on A/C units.

3 IN 1 ROOF tiles withstand over 50 repeated “Class-4” pinpoint impacts before the underlayment is compromised. The 3 IN 1 team says its roof can be traversed across without damaging the module and can withstand sustained wind-speeds of +200 mph.

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Saft launches a higher voltage (56 V) Li-ion battery option in its Xcelion line

Saft battery

Saft launched a new product in the Xcelion line, the Xcelion 56V lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, offering customers a variant on the proven technology behind the Xcelion 6T for applications requiring higher voltage.

As the third Xcelion product, the Xcelion 56V builds upon the existing technology behind the Xcelion 6T, launched in 2015, and the Xcelion 6T-E, a high energy Li-ion battery launched in 2018 that doubles the capacity of lead-acid batteries in the same form factor, allowing customers to take advantage of volume production. The Xcelion 56V offers higher capacity, a longer life cycle, longer calendar life, lighter weight, and smart battery capabilities compared to standard lead-acid batteries. The 41Ah Li-ion battery is an off-the-shelf solution with a nominal voltage of 52.8V and is only half the weight of lead-acid batteries of similar size.

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The Xcelion 56V also includes standard safety features such as abuse-tolerant Super-Phosphate Li-ion technology and a battery management system. Smart battery features enable communication with the end user, providing information about the battery state-of-health, state-of-charge, and other functions. Applications for the Xcelion 56V include military ground vehicles, defense, microgrids, solar power systems, electric vehicles, and other applications using 48V power.

Saft also has plans to launch an Xcelion 6T Li-Type 1 battery at the end of 2019.

— Solar Builder magazine