How to Get into the Solar Roofing Business
Rooftop solar is a hot market, as homeowners are investigating more cost-effective solutions to combat growing utility bills. Plus, a federal tax credit that defers some of the costs makes it even more appealing. So how can contractors looking to grow their presence in this booming market get a leg up on the competition? One way is through a designation.
Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE) Inc. was created by the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) to provide a way to evaluate and certify solar roofing professionals and increase the use of rooftop solar energy.
The RISE Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP) program provides professionals with a curriculum and accreditation that offers many benefits, including:
- Brings a higher standard of professionalism to rooftop solar installations
- Helps satisfy consumers and protects their roofing investment
- Allows homeowners to identify a solar energy installation professional
- Ensures the system is installed by a knowledgeable professional who is experienced in installing PV systems and integrating them with existing roofs
The certification helps contractors increase their solar integration knowledge and provide that evidence to consumers, differentiate their skills over an un-credentialed contractor, and give their company an edge in the solar market.
The next exam date for certification is on February 26 (application deadline is January 29) at the International Roofing Expo in New Orleans; or you can find a testing center within 150 miles of your home.
Not sure if solar is the way to go? The Motley Fool recently posted an article discussing how corporate giants in America are investing in a solar future. This form of energy is only going to increase and contractors who are ready for the demand will have the advantage.