SPF and Solar: Where and How SPF Roofing Can Work with Solar, Especially Commercial. James R. Kirby, AIA January 28, 2015

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1 2015 SPF and Solar: Where and How SPF Roofing Can Work with Solar, Especially Commercial James R. Kirby, AIA January 28, 2015

2 2 A Brief History PV Effect discovered early 19th century First PV cell created late 19th century Einstein s paper about the PV effect won Nobel Prize in early 20th century. Mid 20th century (1954), Bell Labs Research

3 3 A Brief History Initially intended to charge DC batteries Space exploration advanced PV industry First PV in space: Vanguard 1 in 1958 Current satellites/explorers use PV Wide use in remote terrestrial locations Deserts (military), South Pole

4 4 A Brief History Commonly used today Pole mount, ground mount (discreet and utility scale) Commodity scale

5 5 Global and U.S. Concerns 2012 = 7 Billion people 2030 = 10 Billion people (estimated) 2030, the world will need: 50% more food 45% more energy Source: Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Economic Growth 2.0 in G8 Climate Change magazine for the 38 th G8 Summit, Camp David, Maryland, USA, May, % more clean water USA: 316M people in M by 2030 (~25% increase at current growth rates) Clearly, energy efficiency and energy production matter

6 6 PV Panel Types Rack-mounted / Adhered / Integrated Output matters (Watts / panel) Watts / sf (usable roof space) Cost matters ($$ / Watt)

7 7 System Types Grid-tied (most common) Grid-tied with battery back-up Off-grid with battery back-up

8 8 AC v DC Direct current (DC) differs from alternating current (AC). A typical electrician likely does not adequately understand PV and DC electricity issues. He/she understands after the inverter (because its AC) and can connect from inverter to the main panel, but the DC from the array to the inverter might be outside of the knowledge and/or comfort level. Ex: Closed cell SPF vs. open cell SPF

9 9 Initial Questions Is there adequate sunlight (insolation)? Is the roof too shaded? Is there too much stuff on the roof? What are the incentives (ITC, state/utility)? What is the cost of electricity? What is the payback/roi? Based on Time-Of-Use Is the rooftop appropriate? Is a new roof system needed? Is the structure adequate?

10 10 PV Watts

11 11 Incentives

12 12 Financial Analysis ROI v LCA Cash flow analysis Proposals

13 13 Contractor Approach All in. Add a division or start a separate company. Be a PV supporter/subcontractor; work with a PV installer and share jobs/leads. Stay completely out of the PV market.

14 Cost per Watt GTM Research, US Solar Market Insight Q

15 15 ITC; FITs; Net-metering; Leases ITC Investment Tax Credit Currently 30%, expires Dec (likely to be renewed at 10%) Need a tax basis; non-profits do not qualify FIT Feed In Tariff Get paid to produce energy; a quick starter, but bad long-term policy Net Metering Credit for sending electricity to the grid. This is a good long-term policy Solar Leases No money down; common for residential buyers

16 Policy vs. Sunshine vs. Electricity Costs 16

17 17 U.S. Corporate Solar Projects

18 18 Roof Considerations Equivalent service life Load Drainage Wind Fire Warranties Maintenance Safety

19 19 CEIR PV documents CEIR Racking and Attachment Criteria for Effective Low-Slope Roof System Integration CEIR Racking and Attachment Criteria for Effective Low-Slope Metal Panel Roof System Integration CEIR Racking and Attachment Criteria for Effective Asphalt Shingle Roof System Integration me I have a jump drive with the documents

20 20 Credentials CSRP: Certified Solar Roofing Professional Certification by RISE NABCEP Multiple certifications from North American Board for Certified Energy Practitioners

21 21 SPF and Solar Photos courtesy of Robb Smith

22 22 SPF and Solar SmartStand Roof Integrated Solar Support from Central Coating Company

23 SPF and Solar 23

24 24 Energy Efficiency and SPF Energy efficiency is ALWAYS a priority relative to energy production. SPF roofs are highly energy efficient because of their air barrier qualities, insulation efficiency (no board joints or thermal bridges). SPF and PV are an energy combination that is hard to beat.

25 25 SPF and Solar SPFA AY document about PV is coming! PV Systems and Components Design Considerations Service and Maintenance Roof Warranties Financing and Acquisition Codes and Standards Mounting Options See Roger Morrison for details and expected publication date

26 26 Codes and Standards IBC / IRC / IFC (2012 and 2015) CEC NFPA 70, National Electric Code UL 1703, UL 2703 Fire classification

27 27 Sources of Information ASTM : E2766 CEIR PV Taskforce dsireuse.net GTM Research Home Power Magazine NRCA Roofing manufactures SEIA / SEPA Solar Power International trade show and convention Solar Energy International (SEI) for training (two courses on Codes and Roofs) SolarWakeUp for daily news SPFA AY document (soon) YouTube: Two free videos about codes and roof systems (Search Youtube Kirby PV )

28 28 Questions? Contact Information: Website: This presentation can be downloaded from my website Cell:

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