Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Accepting MVP Award Nominations

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it is accepting nominations for its 2014-15 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 15th year, the MVP Program honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

The MVP Program recognizes leadership in the field. Roofing contractor firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Criteria by which nominees will be evaluated include outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance; contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 21, 2014.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2015 International Roofing Expo®; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winners and their companies will be formally honored; a $100 American Express gift card; recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter and on The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress website; and recognition in a press release sent to local media and industry trade press.

Each person submitting a nomination by the deadline also will be placed in a drawing for an iPad2 16GB with Wi-Fi. In addition, each candidate will have his or her name entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card.

Visit roofingindustryalliance.net/programs/mvp/ for more information or to submit a nomination, or contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director at (800)323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net. Entry forms may be downloaded online and mailed to The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress MVP Awards Program, c/o National Roofing Contractors Association, Attention: Bennett Judson, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018-5607.

Online Registration Opens for 2015 International Roofing Expo

Online registration is now open for the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE), taking place Feb. 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com, where information is accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Registering in advance will save attendees not only money, but also time by not having to wait in long on-site registration lines.

“Online registration for the International Roofing Expo is not only fast, but very convenient,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “Attendees who spend just a few minutes online to register in advance will allow them to secure the lowest registration fee and secure a place in their desired conference session.”

Registration Packages
The Super Pass — the best value — includes conference sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as well as admission to the Expo, the Keynote by Ken Schmidt and the Welcome Party at Generations Hall. Advance prices are $370 for NRCA members and $430 for non-members.

The Day Pass includes conference sessions on Tuesday only, Wednesday only or Thursday only, as well as admission to the Expo, the Keynote by Ken Schmidt and the Welcome Party at Generations Hall. Advance prices are $220 for NRCA members and $280 for non-members.

The Spouse Pass includes conference sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as admission to the Expo, the Keynote by Ken Schmidt and the Welcome Party at Generations Hall. The advance price is $270 for NRCA members and non-members. The Spouse Pass is only available to spouses of a paid registrant.

The Expo Only option includes Expo admission on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as well as admission to the Keynote by Ken Schmidt. NRCA members and non-members pay $35 in advance. Admission to the Welcome Party at Generations Hall is not included, but tickets may be purchased separately for $45 in advance.

Taking place prior to the show, additional educational opportunities are available from NRCA. Details and prices can be found on the Roofing Expo’s website.

Registration sponsors include PermaFelt, Atlas Roofing Corporation, ABC Supply Co., MBCI, and Nissan Commercial Vehicle.

“Registering early is a great time-saver for all attendees,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I encourage all of our members to take advantage of the discounts available through early registration.”

Report Addresses Construction Industry Uncertainty and Expectations

While the construction industry is often associated with cost and schedule problems, little data has been compiled about typical levels of uncertainty, reasons, and remedies. McGraw Hill Construction has released its new SmartMarket Report, Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction, that addresses this issue by identifying:

  • Key drivers of uncertainty that create unanticipated quality, cost and schedule problems, and how they can be mitigated
  • Perspectives and expectations of owners, architects, and contractors for their own and each other’s levels of performance on projects
  • The most impactful aspects of performance and how they should be measured, so all parties can align around reasonable expectations and improve outcomes throughout the industry

The AIA Large Firm Roundtable, an organization of the largest North American architectural firms, was a founding partner in this study in an effort to improve communication and performance in the industry. “We have long recognized the lack of real data about what levels of uncertainty to expect and how to manage it well,” says Bryce Pearsall, chairman of DLR Group and chair of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable. “We have seen the work of even top-performing project teams end with conflict and strained client relationships. Increasing understanding about the challenges of complex projects is the first step toward better outcomes.”

The study encompasses input from nearly 3,000 U.S. owners, architects and contractors, as well as commentary from an advisory panel of seven leading owners representing different building types. Key findings include:

  • Owner-driven issues – such as unclear project requirements/lack of direction, accelerated schedules, and program/design changes – cause the greatest degree of project uncertainty.
  • Most owners are willing to accept a reasonable amount of imperfection in design documents, and on average expect 3-5% added construction costs as a result.
  • Increasing design/construction integration and structured communication between project team members will have the greatest impact on reducing uncertainty and improving project outcomes, but needs to be managed to maintain individual responsibilities.

Commenting on the impact of this research, Steve Jones, senior director at McGraw Hill Construction and a principal author of the report, believes it will help to “shift the conversation away from blame and more towards a proactive and collaborative approach. While uncertainty will always exist, the findings clearly point towards better ways to avoid its negative impacts on building projects, by openly acknowledging its causes and working together to reduce their incidence and mitigate their effect. Having facts about the drivers behind problems and understanding each other’s perspectives on performance are two critical elements of a formula for greater success.”

The Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction SmartMarket Report was produced by McGraw Hill Construction in partnership with the AIA Large Firm Roundtable. The American Institute of Architects, Autodesk and the Design-Build Institute of America were Premier Industry Partners for this report, and additional Industry Partners include the Associated General Contractors of America, Graphisoft, and the Lean Construction Institute. Download the full report.

Former Harley-Davidson Communications Director to Deliver IRE Keynote

KEN SCHMIDT, former director of communications at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., will provide the keynote address for the International Roofing Expo, which will be held Feb. 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Held immediately prior to the opening of the show, the keynote address will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 9:45 to 10:50 a.m. in The Great Hall at the Morial Convention Center. The keynote is sponsored by Portland, Ore.-based Malarkey Roofing Products, which will exhibit in booth no. 1133.

During the address—“Make Some Noise: Open the Throttle and Dominate Your Marketplace”—Schmidt will share his expertise on brand building, corporate positioning and customer relations.

“Ken Schmidt played a pivotal role in the famous turnaround of Harley-Davidson from the brink of bankruptcy,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE’s director. “Our attendees and exhibitors will love hearing his inspirational and motivating presentation.”

Schmidt will share his insight about how businesses of any size and scope can, like Harley-Davidson, create meaningful differentiation from competitors; maintain veteran customer relationships while innovatively pursuing new ones; improve sales through customer referrals; attract and retain employees; and revitalize corporate culture.

“Ken Schmidt is a brand visionary with proven ideas and concepts that can easily be applied to the roofing industry,” adds Bill Good, executive vice president of the Rosemont, Ill.-based NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “By attending, our members will learn innovative ideas on how to grow their businesses.”

The keynote is included free of charge in all registration packages, but advance registration is required. Online registration will be available beginning in late September.

OSHA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Rule

The OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION is extending the comment period on the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to Oct. 14, 2014. The proposal, published Nov. 8, 2013, would amend the agency’s record-keeping regulation to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information that employers are already required to keep.

During the public meeting held on the proposal, many participants expressed concern that the proposal may create motivation for employers to under-record injuries and illnesses because each covered establishment’s injury and illness data would become publicly available on OSHA’s website. Participants also expressed concern that the proposal would lead to an increase in the number of employers who adopt practices that discourage employees from reporting recordable injuries and illnesses. OSHA is concerned the accuracy of the data collected under the new proposal could be compromised if employers adopt these practices.

“OSHA wants to make sure that employers, employees and the public have access to the most accurate data about injuries and illnesses in their workplaces so that they can take the most appropriate steps to protect worker safety and health,” says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

Therefore, OSHA is soliciting comments on whether to amend the proposed rule to require that employers inform their employees of their right to report injuries and illnesses, more clearly communicate the requirement that any injury and illness reporting requirements established by the employer be reasonable and not unduly burdensome, and provide OSHA an additional remedy to prohibit employers from taking adverse action against employees for reporting injuries and illnesses.

Individuals interested in submitting comments may do so electronically at Regulations.gov, the federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Comments may also be submitted via mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details.

Berkeley Lab: Price of Solar Energy in the U.S. Continues to Fall

The price of solar energy in the United States continues to fall substantially, according to the latest editions of two annual reports produced by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

A third Berkeley Lab report, written in collaboration with researchers at Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), shows that local permitting and other regulatory procedures can significantly impact residential photovoltaic (PV) prices.

According to the second edition of the Utility Scale Solar report, larger utility-scale solar projects in the United States have made great strides in delivering competitively priced renewable electricity in recent years.

“The price of electricity sold to utilities under long term contracts from large-scale solar power projects has fallen by more than 70 percent since 2008, to just $50/MWh on average within a sample of contracts signed in 2013 or 2014 and concentrated among projects located in the southwestern United States,” explains Mark Bolinger of Berkeley Lab, one of the report’s authors.

Meanwhile, the average, up-front installed price of utility-scale PV projects dropped by more than one-third since the 2007-2009 period, and average project-level performance has also increased recently.

The report tracks data on installed project costs or prices, operating costs, capacity factors, and power purchase agreement prices. It focuses on ground-mounted solar projects larger than 5 MW in size, and covers both PV and concentrating solar power.

“With the growth in this segment of the solar market in recent years, we are now able to systematically review actual market data to directly observe what large-scale solar projects cost to build, how they are performing, and at what price they are selling electricity,” notes report co-author Samantha Weaver.

According to the latest edition of Tracking the Sun, an annual PV cost tracking report produced by Berkeley Lab, installed prices for residential and commercial PV systems completed in 2013 fell by roughly $0.70 per watt (W) or 12 to 15 percent from the prior year.Tracking the Sun VII_cover

“This marked the fourth consecutive year of significant price reductions for residential and commercial systems in the U.S.,” explains Galen Barbose, one of the report’s authors. Within the first six months of 2014, prices for such PV systems in many of the largest state markets have continued on their downward trajectory.

The continued decline in PV system pricing is especially noteworthy given the relatively steady price of PV modules since 2012. In recent years, reductions in the installed price of PV systems have been driven largely by the falling price of PV modules, but that dynamic appears to be shifting. In particular, the report points to the increasing importance of reductions in soft costs – which include such things as marketing and customer acquisition, system design, installation labor, and the various costs associated with permitting and inspections.

As module prices have fallen, industry and policymakers have increasingly targeted soft costs for further reductions. As Berkeley Lab’s Naïm Darghouth, another of the report’s authors, notes, “The fact that system prices have continued to fall, despite the flattening of module prices, suggests that the various initiatives targeting soft costs are beginning to bear fruit.”

The two Berkeley Lab cost-tracking reports released today also highlight the wide variability in PV system pricing, detailing the installed price differences that exist across states and across various types of PV applications and system configurations. For example, roughly 20 percent of all residential systems installed in 2013 were priced at or below $3.90/W, while an equal proportion was above $5.60/W.

Based on a third Berkeley Lab report released today, How Much Do Local Regulations Matter?, some of this variation in residential PV pricing is driven by differences in local permitting and other regulatory procedures.

In particular, based on data from Vote Solar and Berkeley Lab, variations in permitting among cities can drive differences in average residential PV prices of as much as $0.18/W, or $900 for a typical residential PV installation. Based on data from DOE, meanwhile, variations in not only permitting but also a wide range of other local procedures (interconnection, planning and zoning, net metering and financing) can drive even-larger PV price differences among cities: two different statistical models estimate maximum city-level average price differences of $0.64/W and $0.93/W, or approximately $3,000 for a typical PV system.

“A variety of efforts are underway to make local procedures less onerous, and more conducive to solar market growth,” explains Ryan Wiser of Berkeley Lab. “These results highlight the magnitude of PV price reductions that might be possible through streamlining burdensome local regulatory procedures.”

The three reports, along with related summary slide decks, 2-page fact sheets and data files (as applicable), are available for download. Upcoming webinars on these reports will be announced in the near future.

‘The International Energy Conservation Code as Applied to Commercial Roofing’ Brochure Is Released

A new energy code brochure, “The International Energy Conservation Code as Applied to Commercial Roofing”, has been released explaining reroofing clarifications in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The reroofing clarifications make it very clear that almost every commercial reroofing project involving the removal and replacement of the existing roof covering must be upgraded to the current IECC R-value levels.

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), with the assistance of the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (the Center) and the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Associations (PIMA), developed and released the new energy code brochure.

“Billions of square feet of low-slope of commercial roofs (roofs with insulation above the deck) are replaced every year in the United States,” said Jared Blum, President, PIMA. “The clarification in the IECC means that whenever an existing low-slope roofing membrane is removed before a new roofing membrane is installed, the underlying roof insulation must be brought up to current code-mandated R-value levels.”

The new code clarification establishes specific definitions for each major type of roofing activity that may occur on a commercial building:

    Reroofing. The process of recovering or replacing an existing roof covering. See Roof Recover and Roof Replacement.
    Roof Recover. The process of installing an additional roof covering over a prepared existing roof covering without removing the existing roof covering.
    Roof Replacement. The process of removing an existing roof covering, repairing any damaged substrate and installing a new roof covering.
    Roof Repair. Reconstruction or renewal of any part of an existing roof for the purposes of its maintenance.

The new brochure, similar in format to many other IMT brochures, contains:

  • A detailed listing of the key definitions and energy regulations that apply to commercial roofing.
  • Illustrations of typical roofing conditions.
  • A decision tree to determine the specific compliance path for any roofing application.

“Because it is considered a clarification rather than a new addition to the code, officials can start enforcing the update now and don’t have to wait until the 2015 version of the IECC is adopted in their jurisdiction. This brochure is succinct, easy to follow and clearly explains how to comply with the clarification,” added Blum.

“The International Energy Conservation Code as Applied to Commercial Roofing” brochure will help local code officials better understand the energy efficiency requirements for all types of commercial roofing projects and also serve as a useful guide to explain the code requirements to roofing contractors seeking construction permits, design professionals (architects, engineers, roof consultants) involved in roofing selection and specification, as well as building owners as the ultimate end-user of the code.

“The brochure is a part of a comprehensive effort by PIMA to inform members of the design community about their legal obligations to comply with the reroofing energy upgrade requirement,” added Blum.

In addition to advocating for increased building energy efficiency via improved building codes, IMT also works to increase compliance with energy codes by developing and distributing informational materials suitable for use in local code jurisdictions, not only for code officials but also for owners, designers, and contractors.

METALCON to Provide New Ideas and Opportunities in Metal Construction

METALCON is only a few weeks away and excitement is building about the many new ideas and opportunities it offers. The event is in Denver for the first time, its new education format combines classroom and exhibit hall sessions, interactive roofing competitions keep the action going in the exhibit hall, and the line-up of exhibitors and products is bigger and better than ever.

METALCON takes place Oct. 1-3 at the Colorado Convention Center in the heart of Denver. It is the only annual international event offering education and product exhibits focused on the use of metal in construction. Visitors from more than 52 countries come to METALCON each year to learn about the top trends in metal from industry experts. METALCON is produced by Newton, MA-based PSMJ Resources, Inc., a leading authority on the effective management of architecture, engineering and construction firms; and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association, an organization of manufacturers and suppliers headquartered in Chicago.

Two Denver-area exhibitors are spearheading a Colorado Coalition with construction-related organizations in the Rocky Mountain area. Their objective is to bring awareness of METALCON to Colorado, welcome the industry to Denver, and drive attendance. Heading up the Coalition are Kristin Peregoy, Marketing Manager for Denver-based New Tech Machinery and Keith Lipps, Vice President of Colorado Springs-based S-5! Solutions! Also involved are local and state roofing associations, including those from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Montana and surrounding states. COSEIA, the Colorado chapter of SEIA, is also involved as are local AIA, BOMA and IFMA groups.

During the show the Coalition will offer giveaways each day for Colorado-based activities, in the New Tech and S-5! Booths, 606 and 810 respectively. Topping off the Coalition’s festivities is a welcoming party on Wednesday, October 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Colorado Convention Center. The party will feature Colorado foods, beers, Denver Broncos cheerleaders, and music by “The Fab 4,” a Beatles tribute band.

A new series of daily programs takes place in Learning Zones located in the exhibit hall. Topics for these 15-minute sessions focus on technical applications and solutions such as using protective films on metal roofs, flashing details, snow retention systems, software and systems for steel framing, truss component technology, utility applications on standing seam roofs, and matching tools and applications. Learning Zones are strategically placed to allow visitors to capture as many sessions as possible while still having time to peruse product exhibits. Learning Zone 1 is located in Booth 2117 and sponsored by MBCI; Learning Zone 2 is in Booth 341.

A lively, new feature is the MCA’s Metal Roofing Championship Games that include four different competitions on Wednesday and Thursday, October 1 and 2 beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Booth 1835. These interactive programs draw volunteers from the audience to compete against each other for prizes of cash or product. They involve fastening screws into purlins, seaming standing seam panels, installing rubber roof jacks and placing PV clamps on a metal roof. The games are designed to show that with the right techniques, tools and products, metal roofing can be easily and accurately installed. More action in the METALCON exhibit hall takes place in Solar Bay Live, Booth 846, an area dedicated to products and demos related to using metal roofing with solar installations.

The METALCON conference program includes 90-minute classroom sessions focused on what CEOs, presidents and managers need to know to move their companies forward. Topping the list is keynote speaker Steven S. Little, a sought after expert on the subject of long-term business growth. His session takes place Wednesday, October 1, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Steven’s personable approach engages the audience and invigorates them to act on their business goals.

On Thursday, Gene Marks, a well-known columnist, author and small business owner, highlights the program with two information-packed presentations: “Sales and Marketing Technologies That Will Improve Your Business,” and “Top Trends That Affect Your Business Opportunities and Growth.”

Many of the conference presenters are from the Denver region including Rob Haddock, President of the Metal Roof Advisory Group offering “Understanding Metal Roofing Parts I and II”; and Paul Collyer, President of Panelmet Consulting, LLC, sharing his expertise on “Improving Sales by Understanding Body Language.” Several key people from the Denver office of FMI Corporation offer high-level topics including “Developing Business Leadership”; “Using a Strategic Plan to Keep Business on Course”; and “Overcoming the Workforce Shortage.”

Experts from the 275 exhibiting companies will share their knowledge of products and field applications with attendees. The line- up includes 53 businesses that have not exhibited in METALCON before or are returning after a multi-year absence. These include Butler Manufacturing and companies offering their products to METALON visitors for the first time.

Metal Construction Association Welcomes New Members

The Metal Construction Association welcomes five additional companies to its membership. Byrne Metals Corp., DECRA Roofing Systems, D.I. Roof Seamers, S-5! and TopHat Framing have joined the ranks of about 74 member companies with specialties in the metal construction industry.

Byrne Metals Corp. is a leader in the architectural metalwork industry and offers fabrication and installation of metal walls, roofing and accents for projects across the Southwest.

DECRA Roofing Systems has more than 50 years of experience manufacturing and marketing stone-coated steel roofing systems.

D.I. Roof Seamers is recognized as the largest dedicated Roof Seamer Manufacturer in the world. Jonathan Rider, D.I. Marketing Coordinator says, “Joining the MCA was an easy decision for us. DI Roof Seamers is very proud of our association with such an amazing group and we look forward to many years of working together with MCA. We feel that the mission and collective interest of the MCA are things that we passionately share.”

S-5! is recognized as an authority on attachment technology for metal roofs, producing unique attachment products for the metal roofing industry.

TopHat Framing provides advanced roofing retrofit framing solutions through innovative product lines. Tim Lane, President of TopHat says, “There is no better way to meet so many members of our industry than at an MCA meeting. But that was only one of my reasons for joining the association. I also look forward to engaging at the council level on issues specific to my business so together we can move the industry in a positive direction.”

Solar Market to Grow 75 Percent by 2019

Led by China, the solar industry will grow at a CAGR of 8.3 percent from 37.5 GWp in 2013 to 65.6 GWp in 2019, but emerging trade disputes involving the Asian giant, as much as global policies, cast a shadow over short-term prospects, according to Lux Research.

China became the biggest solar market in the world with 11.8 GWp installations in 2013, and has been key to faster-than-expected global recovery. Since the competitive bankruptcy-ridden cost environment of 2012, module supplier margins have increased, with most Tier-1 suppliers topping 10 percent toward the end of 2013 and 15% in the first quarter of 2014.

With solar now fairly common in most parts of the world, it reaps the rewards of direct incentives but also faces uncertainty due to pressure on trade activity with China,” said Matthew Feinstein, Lux Research Senior Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, “Solar Market Size Update 2014: Reform for the Long Haul.”

“Furthermore, as an increasingly commonplace electricity source, most major markets are dealing with some combination of these dynamics, complicating the status of policy globally,” he added.

Lux Research analysts evaluated the growth trajectory of the solar industry, besides weighing policy and other challenges. Among their findings:

Growth is fastest in the Americas. At a CAGR of 16.3 percent, the Americas will be the fastest-growing region in the world as its new installations market nearly triples from 5.3 GWp in 2013 to 15.4 GWp in 2019. The U.S. will pace the rest of the Americas, growing from 4.7 GWp to 11.7 GWp but South America will grow 10-fold to 2.5 GWp in 2019. The Asia-Pacific region will grow at a lower 8.2 percent CAGR but will account for over 50 percent of global demand, led by China, Japan and other emerging markets.

Cost cuts will be sustained. With cost cuts critical to the sustained growth of the industry, incremental increases in efficiency are on course from technologies such as passivated emitter rear contact (PERC), heterojunction with intrinsic layer (HIT) and selective emitter (SE). System costs will drop by between $0.36/Wp for utility-scale and $0.60/Wp for residential by 2019. This will translate to a 20 percent cut in total system costs.

X-Si remains technology of choice. Crystalline silicon (x-Si) will dominate the solar market through 2019 even though other module technologies such as copper iridium gallium diselenide (CIGS), copper zinc tinc sulfide (CZTS), cadmium telluride (CdTe) and thin, flexible, epitaxial silicon (epi-Si) have the potential to become major threats in the future. X-Si, with an 84.6% market share, will grow from 31.6 GWp in 2013 to 55.7 GWp in 2019, growing at a CAGR of 8.45%. CdTe and CIGS will be a distant second – growing to 4.8 GWp and 4.2 GWp, respectively, in 2019.

The report, titled “Solar Market Size Update 2014: Reform for the Long Haul,” is part of the Lux Research Solar Intelligence service.