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RISE E-News Spring 2016

Hello Certified Solar Roofing Professionals and RISE supporters!

We hope you enjoyed a successful winter. It has been a busy season for RISE. RISE board members and staff attended several roofing and solar industry events to promote the CSRP program. Further, the RISE board is developing new initiatives aimed at advancing the adoption of rooftop solar in the roofing and solar industries. Following are a few significant rooftop solar industry happenings.

2016 Intersolar North America
From July 12-14, RISE will exhibit at the most-attended solar event and premier networking platform for the North American solar industry. Intersolar North America takes place annually in San Francisco and focuses on the areas of PV, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. You can attend the exhibition for free if you register by May 6. To register, click here .

Featured CSRP Rooftop Solar Project
Sal DePrisco, CSRP, of Sensible Technical Solutions, Guilford, ME, brought us a beautiful project his company completed for the General Services Administration (GSA) offices located in Jamaica, N.Y. The project was located in the heart of Queens, an urban location with no room for large trucks, lifts or cranes and towered 160 feet above street level. Material handling was the biggest challenge. Workers had to manually carry all roofing and PV materials up several flights of stairs to a freight elevator and then up to the roof. The project included installing 50,000 square feet of an 80-mil TPO membrane with no significant roof penetrations, plus 79.8kW of a fully adhered flexible thin-film PV system (see photo). A temporary guardrail system was used for the project's fall protection during construction. The only downside of the project: talon marks left by territorial falcons on the TPO roof membrane!

If you have a project you are proud of and would like to be featured in our newsletter or on the RISE website, please send photos and a short project description to RISE staff at

Al Gore's TED Talk addresses solar industry
In February 2016, Al Gore presented a TED talk titled, "The Case for Optimism on Climate Change." In his powerful address, Gore asked three key questions about the manmade forces threatening our planet and discussed strategies and solutions designed to combat them, including PV! Click here to check it out .

RISE conducting research on market viability for entry-level certificate program
RISE is in the process of conducting extensive market research on the viability of new certificate educational programs for entry-level rooftop solar workers. This collaborative initiative includes all stakeholders in the roofing and PV industries. Your help in this important industry endeavor is crucial, and you can start by participating in a brief survey by clicking here.

Selling Rooftop Solar Webinar May 5th
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is offering a webinar about selling rooftop solar May 5. Michael Bishop of OnGrid ( will present a quick guide about selling rooftop solar. The webinar is designed to address questions such as: "Is roofing experience and expertise a significant competitive advantage in the rooftop PV market?" and "How do I present to a customer the value proposition of solar investment?" Registration is free to NRCA members. Nonmembers also can participate for a fee. Visit in early April to register.

RISE to present at NABCEP conference
RISE staff will participate in two panel presentations during the annual NABCEP Continuing Education conference April 4—6 in San Diego. "Roofing Topics for Solar Professionals" will cover basic design and installation best practices and common mistakes when installing rooftop solar PV systems, and "Managing Worker Safety" will present best practices for designing and implementing a company safety program, also known as an Injury Illness and Prevention Plan (IIPP).

New CSRPs and next exam date
Congratulations to Glenn Fick, co-owner of D&G Roof Systems LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, and Eric Kalon Smith, Denver, for successfully meeting the eligibility criteria and passing the CSRP exam Feb. 19.

The next CSRP exam date is Sept. 8 (the application deadline is Aug. 5). The online exam will be offered at a testing center within 150 miles of an applicant's home. Spread the word about this career-changing certification—encourage your colleagues to apply now! Or contact RISE staff directly if you have specific questions about the CSRP certification.

Did you like what you read today? Forward this newsletter to a friend in the solar industry and tell them how being a CSRP could change their career. Want more information? Visit or contact RISE staff at (847) 493-7574 or

"The RISE CSRP program is valuable to all stakeholders by providing roof construction expertise and helping to mitigate risk in the developing PV industry, especially as it matures."

Aaron Martin
RISE Board of Directors

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