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RISE E-News Spring 2017

Hello CSRPs and RISE supporters
We are happy to welcome spring and hope your solar panels are seeing more sun than showers! In this newsletter, we'd like to welcome a couple of new things as well: a new Industry Bright Spot, which provides a chance for an industry expert to discuss important issues, and the announcement of new Certified Solar Roofing Professionals (CSRPs).

Industry Bright Spot
The following industry insight is from Jeff Spies, senior director of policy for Quick Mount PV, Walnut Creek, Calif.

When I started working in the solar industry in 2007, the standard procedure to seal a roof penetration on shingle roofs was sealant. We jokingly referred to these "sealant-only" solutions as "goop-and-a-prayer." Some installers would use standoffs/stanchions with an Oatey flashing, but this was not as common.

Quick Mount PV developed its first solar-specific flashing in 2006 after thoroughly researching code requirements. Both the IBC and IRC require flashing per the asphalt shingle manufacturer instructions, and a significant majority of shingle manufacturers use NRCA flashing guidelines, which address permissible metals and installation methods.

Flashing practices improved within a few years after Quick Mount PV introduced its solar-specific flashing, and Quick Mount PV actively worked to educate installers that building codes required an NRCA-compliant flashing for all solar roof attachments. After 2010, a significant majority of PV installations were using flashings that met NRCA guidelines. (Photo 1)

After 2010, I assumed this problem with goop-and-a-prayer was resolved; unfortunately, we have seen a recent resurgence in sealant-only solutions in areas where local building officials do not enforce code-required flashing.

In the photos, you will notice there are no metal flashings; instead, the circular roof attachment is bolted through the shingle and uses nothing more than sealant as a weather barrier. (Photo 2)

Another worrisome detail in these photos is the noticeable loss of granules on the shingles. (Photo 3) It is likely the roof will need to be replaced in the first few years of system operation, which is expensive. Removing and reinstalling a PV system ranges from a couple thousand dollars to more than $10,000 for larger, complex systems on difficult roofs. The installer and customer too often ignore this inevitable cost, and this is among the many reasons I strongly endorse replacing the existing roof under an array before installing solar. On any shingle roof that is more than 5-7 years old, replacing the roof is a better financial decision when considering the lifetime cost of the roof and the PV system.

Welcome NEW CSRPs!
RISE is happy to announce three new CSRPs! These individuals successfully met the eligibility criteria and passed the CSRP exam in March 2017—congratulations on this accomplishment!
  • Robert Baca, solar superintendent for RSI Roofing & Solar, San Diego
  • Scott Barth, CEO and president of Barth Roofing Co. Inc., Tracy, Calif.
  • Evan Zepf, senior estimator and project manager for TruCraft Roofing LLC, Milford, Ohio

Trump's Executive Order rolling back energy regulations
USA TODAY recently reported on President Trump's Executive Order rolling back energy regulations and how it will affect the U.S. energy industry and market forces.

"While this order is not a step in the right direction, it will not halt the solar industry's progress," Solar Foundation President Andrea Luecke said.

Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar remain popular choices and their growth may be relatively unaffected by this order.

"Companies aren't necessarily going to withdraw from alternative energy plans because of a regulatory shift," said Ken Markowitz, a Washington-based senior clean energy and environmental consultant at law firm Akin Gump. To read the article in its entirety, click here.

RISE at Intersolar North America
RISE prioritizes collaboration between the roofing and solar industries by attending pivotal solar industry conferences throughout the year. This summer, RISE will be at North America's most attended solar event and premier networking platform, Intersolar North America, which takes place July 11-13 in San Francisco. The event's exhibition and conference focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, smart renewable energy and solar thermal technologies. For more information and to register, visit the Intersolar website.

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

Next CSRP exam date
The next CSRP exam date is Sept. 14 (the application deadline is Aug. 18). The exam will be offered at a testing center within 150 miles of your home. Spread the word about this career changing certification— encourage your colleagues to apply now!

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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