Hundreds of roofing contractors across the U.S. already have jumped on the solar bandwagon, making more money by up-selling solar systems with a reroof and differentiating themselves in the marketplace. But do rooftop solar systems make sense for you? For your company? Does the idea of adding solar systems take you out of your comfort zone because you don’t understand electrical issues?
Aaron Nitzkin, a solar systems and roofing industry veteran and founder and CEO of Solar Roof Dynamics, provides attendees with an overview of the solar industry followed by in-depth details as to why solar systems are gaining traction as an up-selling opportunity for successful roofing contractors. He also explains some of the technical nuances and training involved in adding solar systems to your business.
Nitzkin pulls from his own experience of launching and running a solar division for PetersenDean, one of the largest residential roofing contractors in the country, as well as his experience helping roofing contractors go solar while employed at Dow Solar and at his current company, Solar Roof Dynamics.
According to an analysis by the International Renewables Energy Agency (IRENA), the United States increased green energy jobs by 6% in 2015 to reach 769,000 jobs. While this is a good trend in the US, it represents a small fraction of global renewable energy employment which is at 8.1 million jobs. Continue reading “Energy Report with Bright News for Solar Industry”
Power plants and other energy sources represent an important pipeline of work in the construction industry. Therefore, we closely monitor the energy landscape not just locally, but regionally, nationally and internationally.
Rhode Island has served as a good barometer of the kinds of debates and decisions typical in our local market. From natural gas pipelines and power plants, to installing renewable sources like solar and wind power, Rhode Island has been out front lately on energy issues. Just recently, Gov. Raimondo raised their renewable portfolio standard (RPS – the distribution of energy production by type) to 40% through 2039.
One example is the Block Island Wind Farm project, the first US offshore wind energy project. Recently, the final transmission cables were laid from Block Island to the mainland. This is a first that not only provides the first connection with the conventional grid, but also will allow the wind farm to transmit energy back to shore.
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