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How to Get into the Solar Roofing Business

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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.



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  1. Zach Thalman

    It seems that solar roofing is starting to become more and more popular with time. I think it is a great idea because that is free power from the sun that can help power your house and cut down on the electric bill. When I was staying at my friend’s cabin, we had a solar roof similar to this and everything was powered by those panels. It was really amazing how little power you actually need to power the lights.

  2. thomas

    We install flashing around house for moisture . All depends where you leave , but if underlayment of the house is not installed right it can cause leaks and moisture get into the house or attic


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