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CertainTeed® Teams with SEI to Create Hands-On Solar Learning Experience

Apollo® II solar shingle donation enhances SEI training environment

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(Malvern, Pa.) – CertainTeed® Solar is pleased to partner with Solar Energy International (SEI) through the donation of an Apollo® II solar roofing array to the organization’s Paonia, Colo. training facility. The solar shingles, which are integrated into the roof of an equipment storage outbuilding, will generate power for the facility and provide attending students with a first-hand look at the training facility’s first building-integrated solar products.

"Solar Energy International utilizes a wide array of PV systems at our campus as a part of our technical training program,” said Kris Sutton, director of operations for SEI. “We're really pleased to have added the CertainTeed Apollo II array to the mix.”

CertainTeed supplied SEI with a 4kW Apollo II solar roofing system for this project. Apollo II uses high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells to capture the most energy per square foot of any solar shingle product, while simultaneously functioning as the roof and protecting the building from water intrusion.

“Education is seen as essential at CertainTeed,” said Kate Collardson, solar services manager for CertainTeed Solar. “It has been a privilege to partner with SEI to introduce innovative solar technology to students across the globe.”

The donation of the Apollo II system to the campus was presented by CertainTeed Solar to SEI in support of the organization’s solar projects and training.

“Thanks to CertainTeed for their generous donation which allows us to showcase another promising solar application to the thousands of students that pass through our campus,” said Sutton.

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About Solar Energy International (SEI)

For over 25 years, Solar Energy International (SEI) has provided industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities, and businesses worldwide. With over 55,000 alumni worldwide and named the 2015 IREC Accredited Clean Energy Training Provider of the Year, SEI is the leader in renewable energy education. Visit

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 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 a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The group had total sales of approximately $3.4 billion in 2016.