GE and GAF Materials Join to Advance Solar Energy
GE Energy and GAF Materials Corporation (GAF), two companies with more than 100 years of experience in the energy and roofing industries respectively, announced earlier this summer at PCBC in San Francisco that they have formed a new strategic alliance to market and ultimately develop solar and roofing systems for commercial and residential customers.
GE Energy and GAF are now offering their customers one-stop shopping for new roofs and solar electric systems.
"Combining the expertise and experience of two companies who are leaders in their business sectors, this agreement will help to further advance the use of solar energy technology in both residential and commercial applications across North America," said Victor Abate, vice president of renewables for GE Energy. "It underscores GE's continuing commitment to increase the role that renewable resources such as wind and solar can play to meet our nation's future energy needs."
“Solar is a natural fit for our WeatherStopper® roofing systems, which are designed to give property owners their best and safest choice in roofing,” added Dave Harrison, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of GAF. “This strategic alliance with GE Energy will ultimately provide the entire industry with a powerful solution for designing and constructing properties for both new construction and property improvement projects that address today’s fast-evolving, environmentally conscious consumer values, including energy efficiency.”
The NAHB National Green Building Program awards from eight to 12 Energy Efficiency points for including a photovoltaic energy system, depending on the number of kilowatt hours a system is capable of producing annually.
GAF is North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing, with a network of more than 12,000 contractors, distributors and roofing installers nationwide.
Worldwide demand for reliable, affordable and renewable energy has fueled the solar industry’s 40% growth rate since 2005, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Strong growth is expected to continue, putting solar among the fastest growing renewable energy segments in the global power industry.
Further expanding its commitment to the solar energy industry, GE Energy recently increased its equity share in PrimeStar Inc., an emerging solar thin-film technology and manufacturing company.
GE Energy is a global leader in supplying technology and services for renewable energy, which will be an integral part of the world energy mix throughout the 21st century. In addition to solar energy, GE’s renewable energy portfolio also includes wind power and biomass.
GE and GAF Materials Corporation are both members of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Leading Suppliers of NAHB.
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