Here’s the new lineup of fall protection products from PSG for solar installers to know about

Checkmate Vantage X high performance harness

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The biggest news in the fall protection industry this year was the ascent of Pure Safety Group (PSG) to become the largest dedicated provider of height safety equipment and services in the world. In just 10 months, PSG acquired four leading companies: Web Devices, Guardian Fall Protection, Checkmate and Ty-Flot.

At the 2018 National Safety Congress (NSC) trade show in Houston, the company is launching as the PSG brand, a family of the combined company brands and harmonized product lines. Here are some notable products for anyone going up on a rooftop.

Checkmate Vantage X high performance harness – One-piece design front cam buckle adjuster has an integrated chest strap and connector, which improves functionality and reduces weight while increasing strength and durability. Features new Dial D technology with Control D Ring that is user adjusted for easy connection of auxiliary equipment at just the twist of a dial. The dorsal “D” automatically returns to the home position when the user is not connecting a device. Any excess webbing is neatly rolled and tethered back via a unique “Roll n Lock” system.

Guardian professional harnesses Series 1, 3, 5 — Series 1 features new rubber web keepers, Series 3 also includes core indicating webbing and dual SRL connectors, and Series 5 also adds coated, forged steel hardware and deluxe shoulder and waist padding.

Checkmate ATOM SRLS — The most innovative line of single retracting lifelines (SRLs) in the industry that includes the 6-foot ATOM-X HW, which is the smallest and lightest fall arrest block in the world. Uses acceleration instead of velocity for quicker breaking and more stopping power. Other new ATOM SRLs include the ATOM-Edge 8’ cable for leading edge applications.

Ty-Flot Dropped Objects Prevention Products — 13 new products in the Ty-Flot product range, now available through the PSG distribution network that boasts 88 patents and 40 patents pending. New products include cinch hoops, heat shrink attachments for ball pins, dual tie offs, tether-ready tools, shock absorbing tethers, part pouches with tethers, shoulder harnesses for meters, scaffold worker belts, hang loops, bucket holders, HRC clips, embossed natural floating ties and tether-ready pens.

— Solar Builder magazine

Allied Solar Products to distribute CertainTeed’s Solstice Solar System

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Allied Solar Products, a Beacon Roofing Supply company and one of the nation’s largest distributors of photovoltaic panels, inverters, mounting hardware and solar accessories—has partnered with CertainTeed to expand the distribution of its Solstice Solar System.

Dave Jenkins, national vice president of solar for Allied Solar Products, noted his parent company’s long-standing relationship with CertainTeed’s building products divisions and said extending the relationship to its solar division “builds on our roofing and solar opportunities” and is “a win for both companies and their contractor customers.

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“Allied Solar always looks for ways to improve its supply chains so we can deliver popular products to as many customers as possible as quickly as possible,” said Jenkins. “The move allows us to leverage our logistics, just-in-time delivery, and dedicated solar sales teams to deliver Solstice. With one of the best warranties in the industry, this solution translates into value and peace of mind for installers and their customers.”

CertainTeed’s Solstice system combines high-quality components including modules, inverters, mounting and flashing with a single-source warranty. In addition, when installed by one of CertainTeed’s Credentialed or Master Solar Installers, CertainTeed warrants the installation workmanship on the system for up to 25 years. Considered CertainTeed’s most economical solar solution, Solstice systems are designed to maximize roof space and can be configured to best suit the needs of the client.

— Solar Builder magazine

Modernize Appointments is a new marketing tool for small solar contractors

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Modernize, a home improvement contractor lead generation company, has launched Modernize Appointments, a new national offering designed to support smaller contractors who want to grow their businesses. Modernize Appointments provide contractors with requests from homeowners for in-home appointments at specific dates and times. These requests are delivered via email to contractors, who then evaluate the requests and confirm the appointments that fit their schedule. This offering will allow small contractors to scale their revenue growth in a predictable way without incurring the costs of traditional marketing methods such as canvassing or calling leads.

“Small contractors often lack both the marketing infrastructure required to generate customers who need the services they provide and the sales infrastructure to work leads produced by marketing services,” said Jason Polka, CEO of Modernize. “Our new offering gives contractors, especially smaller ones, the opportunity to capitalize on digital homeowner demand at the best time for their business regardless of their marketing and sales expertise.”

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Since the new Modernize Appointments service delivers homeowner appointment requests to small contractors, they can eliminate the time and effort it takes to create the lead and set in-home appointments themselves. This gives contractors the freedom to focus on revenue-generating activities.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar industry leaders launch new initiative to automate solar project permitting

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A big issue still holding back the U.S. solar industry in areas around the country is cumbersome and inconsistent permitting and inspection processes. This is an issue we covered in-depth in “Shadow Costs,” the cover feature of our Sept./Oct. issue. With the support of industry leaders, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The Solar Foundation are kicking off Solar Power International week by unveiling the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) initiative, which they say will streamline permitting and slash the cost of solar installations.

Today, the permitting and inspection process adds about $7,000 in direct and indirect costs, approximately $1.00 per watt, to a typical residential solar energy system. In addition to reducing the expense of solar installations, SolarAPP improves the efficiency of going solar by creating a rules-based, automated permitting and inspection process.

“The goal is to make solar permitting more straightforward, and more routine, while at the same time maintaining the safety and reliability that U.S. solar projects are known for,” said SEIA’s president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “SolarAPP will cut unnecessary red tape, while saving Americans thousands of dollars. By making the process of going solar more efficient, both our companies and their customers win.”

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“Reforming the solar and battery permitting process is one of the most significant steps our country can take to making solar more affordable for all,” said Lynn Jurich, CEO of Sunrun. “There is a patchwork of inconsistent permitting procedures and standards across the U.S. and our customers pay the high costs of navigating this system. We have an opportunity to help the industry invest in a million more solar roofs over the next 5 years from the savings by making the permitting process faster, while ensuring safety and reliability for all.”

The following reforms are involved:

• A safety and skills training and certification program that allows residential and small commercial solar and battery storage installers to attest that their projects are compliant with applicable codes, laws, and industry practices, thus eliminating the need for a traditional multi-step permitting process;

• A simple, standardized online platform that will be provided to local governments at no cost, to “register” and automatically screen qualifying systems for local government authorities;

• A list of established equipment standards and/or certified equipment for solar and storage projects installed through the proposed process;

• The creation, or refinement, of system design standards for qualifying solar projects;

• A model instantaneous permitting regime for home and small-commercial solar and battery storage systems installed by certified installers and contractors;

• A program administrator to oversee and implement the plan, including providing technical assistance to state and local jurisdictions and utilities.

“An automated solar permitting process will reduce unnecessary costs and give Americans more freedom to choose how they meet their energy needs,” said Andrea Luecke, president and executive director at The Solar Foundation. “With this plan, we have a clear path forward to make solar installations even more affordable and widespread.”

The solar industry is working with stakeholders across the industry and government, seeking feedback on SolarAPP.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar Power International Action Plan: What to see at the largest solar trade show in the country

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Wondering what to see, where to stop and what’s new at the largest solar industry trade show in the United States? To help you figure that out, pick a statement that fits what you need and see where it leads. Think of it as a Choose Your Own Adventure story. Or, be no fun and just thumb through each page at random using the numbers at the bottom. I suppose that’s an adventure too.

What’s your SPI Action Plan?

I need a turnkey or full-service provider for large-scale projects

I need a standing seam roof solution

I want to reduce costs in C&I component costs

I need to know about NEC 2017-ready inverters

I am looking for something new on the residential rooftop

— Solar Builder magazine