The Future of Solar Roofs

future solar roofs The Future of Solar Roofs

There are two remarkable things about the 25-kilowatt solar system just completed by Frederic Roofing. The first is how unremarkable the 84-year-old roofing company’s first solar installation was and the second is where the company will build its second system.

“Probably the hardest part of the job was getting everything up on the roof,” VP Gene Frederic said of the installation on the AJ Adhesives distribution warehouse. “Once that was done, it wasn’t that big a deal.”

AJ Adhesives requested Lightway solar panels. St. Louis solar developer Clean Power Design selected Renusol America’s ballasted non-penetrating racking and Fronius inverters.

Before the first installation was complete, the roofer contracted to install almost the same system, using Sharp panels, on its own headquarters.

“We kicked around the idea of getting into solar for three or four years,” Frederic said. “The utility rebates were there, but what they were getting paid and what they were paying didn’t make sense” — especially because of Missouri’s low-priced, coal-generated electricity. “Now that the price of panels and racking has gone down, it makes sense.”

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