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Avancis PowerMax® Photovoltaic Modules from CertainTeed Helps Roofing Contractors Grow Solar Business


(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed is expanding its portfolio of solar roofing products through the introduction of Avancis PowerMax® photovoltaic (PV) modules, which feature rack-mounted modules that can be easily integrated into residential or commercial roofing systems. In conjunction with the product launch, CertainTeed is offering vigorous training programs and technical support as well as extended warranties — covering the modules, mounting system and workmanship — to its credentialed contractors.

“PowerMax is demonstrative of CertainTeed’s commitment to innovation and aligns with our commitment to bringing economical, sustainable building product solutions into the marketplace,” says Mark Stancroff, business manager, CertainTeed Solar. “By expanding CertainTeed Solar’s product offering, we are now able to provide our customers with solar solutions for almost any roofing application.”

Manufactured by Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company and parent company to CertainTeed, PowerMax is comprised of Copper–Indium–Selenide (CIS) solar technology. It is an ultra-efficient, cost-effective module solution with a sophisticated, sleek design. The stylishly uniform black panels are exceptionally durable, simple to install and suitable for use on all types of roofing, curtain walls and canopies.

In terms of performance, PowerMax continues to generate electricity even in partial shading – when most commodity modules shut down completely. Additionally, while all PV products perform at their best on clear, sunny days, PowerMax, with its CIS technology, works longer and harder, making the most out of any sunlight conditions thereby further lowering the homeowners’ electric bill and reducing carbon emissions. The modules offer a high snow load capacity, Class C fire rating, and are covered by 20-year performance and 10-year product warranties.

The product qualifies for a 30 percent federal tax credit and may be eligible for state rebates and incentives listed at

CertainTeed and parent company Saint-Gobain, the global leader in solar technology and innovation, offer a powerful portfolio of photovoltaic roofing systems in North America, including EnerGen™, Sunlap®, Apollo™ and Avancis PowerMax®. Designed to meet the demands of sustainable construction and replacement roofing, the solar product offering leverages next generation technology to generate unrivaled performance without compromising aesthetics. For more information, visit

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About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2010.