CertainTeed introduces next generation Apollo® II solar roofing system

Apollo® II is the next generation solar roofing system featuring integrated photovoltaic (PV) panels, manufactured by CertainTeed Corporation. According to the company, Apollo II 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.

CertainTeed Corporation has announced the introduction of Apollo® II, a next generation solar roofing system featuring integrated photovoltaic (PV) panels which combine greater efficiency and improved aesthetics with easier wiring installation. Featuring 54-watt monocrystalline panels, Apollo II 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.
“The solar industry is growing at a rapid pace, and Apollo® II is the answer building professionals are looking for to meet increasing homeowner demand for an affordable, aesthetically-pleasing sustainable energy solution,” says Mark Stancroff, director of CertainTeed Solar. “The enhanced system also comes with the unparalleled training and service customers have come to expect from our solar experts, meaning less time on site with faster installation and fewer callbacks.”
Like its predecessor, Apollo II fully integrates with roofing shingles for a clean, seamless appearance not found with rack-mounted systems. Each 12-lb module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles. The enhanced product also features an open space under the modules to allow for easier electrical wiring. New water channels and raised fastener locations further improve roof deck integrity.
The Apollo II system is offered in pre-engineered kits containing all components necessary for installation. Modules are Class A fire rated and meet UL 790 requirements. Apollo II is also rated for wind resistance up to 110 mph and loads up to 250 lbs per square foot. In addition, the product is backed by the industry’s only warranty for both electricity output and installation workmanship. Apollo II qualifies for a 30% federal tax credit and may be eligible for state rebates and incentives listed at www.dsireusa.org.
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 US 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 USD 3.3 billion in 2012.