PetersenDean Roofing & Solar Names SolarEdge and LG Chem as Preferred Suppliers

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar has joined forces with SolarEdge, a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, and LG Chem, the global leader in lithium-ion batteries. By offering the combination of SolarEdge and LG Chem solutions, PetersenDean will provide homeowners an affordable path to solar ownership and energy storage.

SolarEdge will supply an intelligent inverter solution that maximizes power generation at the individual PV module level. This solution includes StorEdge technology, which manages PV production, consumption, and both on-grid and backup storage to help increase energy independence for PetersenDean’s residential installations. LG Chem will provide the Residential Energy Storage Unit (RESU) 10H 9.8 kWh battery pack, which is compatible with SolarEdge and uses the same technology that has been used in other LG Chem applications.

“Technology has significantly evolved over the years—especially with batteries and inverters. PetersenDean is proud to offer these two well-trusted brands to customers,” said Jim Petersen, president and CEO of PetersenDean Roofing & Solar. “Both of these companies’ commitment to technology, coupled with efficient and high-quality manufacturing processes produces solutions that exhibit the highest levels of safety, performance, and reliability.”

Providing PetersenDean customers with intelligently managed energy storage from reliable companies, this solution helps meet an important goal for PetersenDean, which installs about 2,000 solar and roof systems each month nationally and is the nation’s largest privately held roofing and solar company.

“During the last few years, our customers have been asking us for better home energy storage solutions. While some systems only function when the grid goes down, others only work to help limit grid use in moments when their solar system is not producing the amount of energy needed to power their home. By combining SolarEdge’s StorEdge solution with LG Chem batteries, customers can enjoy both options by managing and monitoring PV and battery status through a single platform. It provides the peace of mind that when the grid goes down, they’ll still have power backup,” said Petersen.

Petersen added that customers will save substantially in the long term. “Storage systems such as this help customers improve their system payback by increasing the amount of PV energy they consume. They can store excess solar and draw from it when needed. This avoids unnecessary fees and taxes, while giving them the flexibility in an ever-changing utility landscape.”

According to the company, LG Chem is the global leader in lithium-ion batteries in with a market-leading position in advanced batteries for grid-scale, residential storage and automotive applications. Its lithium ion battery technology is the product of 23 years of experience in the development and production of mobile batteries and large format batteries for automotive and energy storage systems. For residential storage applications, LG Chem is using the same technology that has been used in its utility-scale projects.

Linh Tran, Sales Manager of LG Chem said, “With the growth and advancement of residential storage batteries, we are pleased to team up with a leading installer, PetersenDean specializing in new residential and commercial construction in US market.”

Supporting increased PV proliferation, the SolarEdge system consists of power optimizers, inverters, smart energy management, and a cloud-based monitoring platform. SolarEdge’s solutions address a broad range of solar market segments, from residential solar installations to commercial and small utility-scale solar installations.

“At SolarEdge, our mission is to lead the way in providing smart, renewable energy for people everywhere,” stated Peter Mathews, North America General Manager for SolarEdge. “As the largest inverter company supplying the U.S. residential market, we’re pleased that our technology is part of PetersenDean Roofing & Solar’s product offering. This represents another step forward in bringing smart solar energy solutions to consumers nationwide.”

According to the company, PetersenDean is the nation’s largest privately held solar and roofing company and known for its mission to source as many tried and true Tier 1 roofing and solar products, many of which are manufactured in the United States. Along with Mission Solar Energy, PetersenDean solar system includes Buy-American-Act-compliant panels, inverters and racking installed by the construction company’s national workforce.

For more information, visit www.petersendean.com.

 

Johns Manville Upgrades Its Nonwoven Glass Mat Production Plant

Johns Manville (JM), a global materials manufacturer and Berkshire Hathaway company, announced a significant upgrade to its nonwoven glass mat production plant in Waterville, Ohio. Beginning in late 2015, JM will upgrade an existing nonwoven mat line with advanced manufacturing technology that will allow the company to better serve customers in growing segments of the global specialty glass mat market. JM anticipates the upgraded production line will be fully operational in early 2016.

JM is a producer of specialty glass mat in North America and is an internationally recognized technology and quality leader. The company’s glass nonwoven products are used in a wide range of residential and commercial building as well as specialty industrial applications, including roofing shingles, carpet tile, vinyl flooring, office panels, ceiling tile, duct liner, exterior sheathing and energy storage.

In addition to providing strength and reinforcement, JM’s customers use specialty glass mat to support surface aesthetics, acoustical performance, mold and mildew resistance, and sustainability performance of end-use products.

“This investment positions JM for business in new and evolving markets,” says Enno Henze, senior vice president and general manager for JM Engineered Products. “For example, in the energy storage space, fuel economy standards are driving new battery technologies. Additionally, as a leading supplier of glass mat nonwovens to the European vinyl flooring industry, this upgrade allows us to support the domestic growth of vinyl flooring companies as they continue to ‘on-shore’ their manufacturing to the U.S.”

“Our upgraded Waterville plant will enable JM to provide global product capability between Europe and the Americas and to deliver global product consistency with regional availability,” says Tanya Bradby, portfolio leader, Nonwovens America. “JM has a 157-year history of building science and product innovation, and this investment represents our latest commitment to the future of the industries we serve.”

Last year, JM announced the merger of its Engineered Products divisions in America, Europe and Asia into one global business unit. The company’s investment in its Waterville manufacturing plant supports this reorganization and bolsters the company’s global manufacturing footprint. In addition to its Waterville plant, JM operates Engineered Products production facilities in China, Germany, Slovakia and in other areas of the U.S.