Energy Manager

Electrical & Lighting
CertainTeed unveils Apollo II solar roofing system

February 11, 2013 - CertainTeed’s Apollo II solar roofing system features integrated photovoltaic (PV) panels that, says the company, combine “greater efficiency and improved aesthetics with easier wiring installation”. Featuring 54W monocrystalline panels, Apollo II is lightweight, resistant to wind uplift, and can be integrated into either an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels with asphalt shingles. Each 12-lb module features 14 solar cells; its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, CertainTeed insists, and the black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles. The product also features an open space under the modules to allow for easier electrical wiring. The 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 lb-sf.