VALLEY FORGE, Pa. - CertainTeed Corp., a leading North American manufacturer of interior and exterior building products, announced that it has entered into a partnership with SRS Energy of Philadelphia to advance the development of photovoltaic roofing products.

Through this partnership, both companies will collaborate on the development of a polymeric-based photovoltaic roof tile that generates solar energy without compromising the look of the home. While most existing solar roofing systems rely on large and unattractive panels, this technology aims to seamlessly and inconspicuously embed solar technology into the roof tile.

“Energy efficiency is a key issue for homeowners, and our assessments show that people are especially interested in harnessing free energy using their roofs,” said John Donaldson, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “They have not, however, been quick to adopt photovoltaic roofs because of the cumbersome look of today’s solar panels. With integrated photovoltaic tiles, homeowners will soon have the option of installing an aesthetically appealing roof that solves this problem. It’s a terrific breakthrough for our industry.”

“Never before has a leading roofing manufacturer partnered with a photovoltaic technology expert to bring photovoltaic roofing to a broad audience,” said Marty Low, chief executive officer of SRS Energy.

“We are thrilled to be on the leading edge of developing attractive roofing products that help save homeowners money and reduce energy consumption,” continued Donaldson. “This partnership will revolutionize the way homeowners look at roofing - from being simply a form of shelter, to being an environmentally-friendly resource that powers a home.”

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Publication date:03/24/2008