REC, a global supplier of solar panels in Europe, starts a new cooperation with roofing system specialists Sika AG and Centroplan GmbH. The new cooperation will focus on the global commercial and industrial market from Europe, supplying rooftop solar systems that can last for 20 years under professional installation and REC’s high performing solar panels.
Ensuring rooftop solar systems are professionally installed is particularly vital because water may damage to the roof during installation and expose the entire building to a risk of water ingress. And since flat-roof type solar installations are common in commercial and industrial projects, damage to the roof that lets water into the interior of facilities is more than a nuisance.
“Alongside the quality of the solar panels, the quality of the installation plays an important role in overall system performance,” says Luc Graré, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, REC. “By cooperating with companies who have the expertise in roofing construction specifically for solar panel installation, we at REC can offer our customers the certainty that the solar panels and roof mountings will be a perfect fit.”
The roofing industry itself is evolving in response to growing demand for eco-friendly roof systems that work in conjunction with solar panel installations. Accordingly, REC is partnering with specialists that deliver professional installation quality. Through this cooperation, REC customers will benefit from a roofing system which is reliable, even at the highest snow loads, while at the same time putting low load on the roof itself. A special thermal welding allows a time-saving and secure construction without penetrating the roof.
The Geilenkirchen-based Centroplan GmbH specializes in roof-mounted systems, and also offers mounting systems as well as planning services for projects throughout Europe for solar panel installations on the roofs of industrial properties. Sika AG was originally founded in Switzerland, and has evolved into a global developer and producer of materials for the construction industry. It has a strong focus on roofing products and systems, including flexible sheet and liquid-applied membranes, and lightweight mounting systems for solar panel installation on flat roofs covered by Sika membrane.