REFUsol’s Inverter Technology meets Boots

Last week we featured REFUsol‘s super snazzy high efficiency solar transformerless inverters technology in our Commercial Solar PV Construction Mega Lab. Commercial solar is currently the fastest growing segment of the solar industry. To keep up with the current staffing demands of this expanding and rapidly transforming industry, we here at Boots work hard to keep our curriculum filled with the most current and high quality technology.

We are happy to be teaching our students on some of the best technology in the industry. REFUsol has been in the inverter industry since the 1960s, when they began building inverters for drive systems and energy converters for trains. They have now grown to become one of the top manufacturers in the world delivering 3-phase string and central PV inverters.

Students learning about REFUsol‘s transformerless
inverter technology.

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Boots receives a great new CreoTecc racking system

We like it because once the fames are up, the panels drop into place with no tools needed!

 We’re excited to have Creotecc in our new Commercial Construction Lab!

What’s Creotecc?  It’s a very innovative solar racking system, where standard solar panels just “drop in” to the frame with no tools needed.  You need to hold the panel in your hand and place it in the frame yourself to really get how cool this system is.  We need to thank our friends at Session Solar for hooking us up with Creotecc.  Session Solar works with their parent company in Germany to bring these innovative products to the US solar market, and we are delighted to add this racking system to our lab environment.

This is exactly the kind of innovative, UL listed solutions that Boots seeks out for our Commercial Solar classes.

Want a chance to get “hands on” with Creotecc, and other innovative solar racking systems? 

We’ve created Commercial Solar PV Construction – MegaLab to give PV Construction Professionals an opportunity to work with Creotecc, and other innovative commercial racking systems.

If you are planning to expand into Commercial Rooftop Solar in 2012, we’d like to talk with you about how our new courses may support your plans.

 BTW – need to put a smile in your day? – check out the video for Session Solar’s cool new song!

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GE Makes Major Investments in Solar Power!

GE is jumping into to the solar power game in a major way. The energy giant has recently invested a staggering $600 million into the solar side of its business. This money will go towards building a massive ‘thin film’ solar panel manufacturing plant based out of Aurora, Colorado. The facility will have the ability to produce enough panels each year to power 80,000 homes.

Just like GE’s big march into the wind energy market earlier this year their participation in the solar market will create jobs – approximately 355 in Colorado to be exact plus others throughout the country – and the boost in competition will bring down solar prices across the board.  Solar prices have already been on a steady decline as new less expensive ways are found to create solar panels, with added competition this will only help matters. The market leader in thin film solar, against which GE’s involvement will be measured, is First Solar. However, there are many other thin film solar companies that will be forced to compete with the energy giant as well – such as Abound Solar.

GE has stated that the plant will be finished in early 2012, with the first panels being made very shortly after it is opened. These panels will begin to come available in quarter one 2013, once a sufficient supply has been built up to meet the potential demand of the market. GE has also stated that it plans to beat the competition through making their panels both larger and lighter. By doing this they will be able to continue to be competitive in utility-scale projects, but they will also be able to break into the commercial solar market. GE also points to their ability to develop technologies faster and more efficiently due to their investments in research on a much broader scale than solar only firms – they have already shown this by implementing advancements in the medical field into the creation of their panels.

A major company’s involvement in the solar market will lead to a continued effort to constantly lower solar prices by all parties involved. With prices already dropping this can be taken as a sign of solar power’s continued sustainability.

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Boots on the Roof partners with eIQ Energy

We are excited to announce our new partnership with eIQ Energy of San Jose! This Silicon Valley company is revolutionizing the industry with their parallel solar technology, featuring the vBoost DC to DC converter module, designed to make solar energy systems more efficient and affordable. 

Boots on the Roof is committed to teaching our students using the most innovative products available.  We are adding 12 vBoost modules to our 8,000 square foot solar training facility. Training on this new equipment will be featured in our Commercial Construction MegaLab PV 270 staring in January, and will also be added to the Parallel Solar Design Exercises of our Commercial PV design course as well. We are impressed with eIQ’s vBoost modules used in the megawatt scale project for Granite construction, and are excited to integrate this technology into our curriculum.  

Thank you eIQ Energy for your generous contribution to our training facility and in partnering with us to help provide most up to date solar training in the industry!

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Roofing As An Occupation

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Roofing As An Occupation
By Herbert Sanchez
Roofing and shingles is a process whereby tiles are laid partially overlapping in an ascending manner up and along rooftops. This is done as much for style as it is for structural and architectural soundness.
Roofing and shingles is a particular occupation that specializes in roof repair and coverings. This job entails making sure that roofs are attractive as well as providing protection from the elements and increment weather. The particular conditions wherein these specialized tradesmen and women perform roofing and shingles are met with certain building and fire codes and architectural standards of the countries, states, cities, or provinces in which the job is done. Further, learning roofing and shingles, like the trade work of electricians and plumbers, requires particular knowledge and skills that must be conducted and completed correctly, otherwise the roofs could pose a hazard to those living in the house. Patching up holes and cracked wood before appropriately covering the roof securely with shingle tiles is one example of this.
Materials used for roofing and shingles vary, but everything used is sturdy and safe architecturally and health-wise. Shingles used to be made of wood, but due to growing fire and structural hazard concerns, this material is rarely or seldom considered; instead, bitumen-soaked paper covered with aggregate (asphalt) or ceramic shingles are now used for their safer and more visually appealing nature.
Roofing and shingles also used standard appending. Shingles are tacked or nailed on securely, but only where the shingle tile meets the roof; shingle tiles are never tacked or nailed at the overlap. Such a procedure would be deemed less secure (as it is more difficult to nail through multiple asphalt shingle tiles), and the appearance looks awkward. For ceramic (and occasionally with the asphalt), a heavy-bonding tar or paste is sometimes used to attach the tiles to the roof. The shingle tiles are laid in a row along the bottom edge of the roof, and each ascending row, as said, overlaps the one beneath it by about half a length of the tile. The top edge of the roof is then capped.
Roofing slates, also call ‘slate shingles,’ are also used in roofing and shingles, and are applied the same way. Because of the heavy consistency of slate, its unlikely that nails or tacks are used; instead, paste or tar seems the better choice for a bonding method.
Roofing and shingles is a meticulous and time-consuming process that must be carefully rendered for a roof to acquire that architectural appeal. Not only should know-how be necessary, but careful movement and stepping are a definite requirement as well.
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3-Tab Roofing Shingles

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3-Tab Roofing Shingles
By Steven Briesemeister
A shingle that shows 3 tabs, or measures 3
feet, is fittingly known as 3-tab roofing
shingles. They are normally guaranteed for 20
years and help the roof to have a smooth,
defined look. Depending on the manufacturer,
3-tab shingles are often available in 20, 25
or even 30 year limited warranties. They are
generally available in a variety of colors
and its also important to note that 3-tab
roofing shingles are some of the most cost
efficient shingles to use on your home.
Are 3-Tab Roofing Shingles For You?
Before deciding on 3-tab roofing shingles
for your home, check with your local
homeowners association. In addition to
certain restrictions that each association
may have, some do not allow the use of 3-tab
shingles. This may be true in areas that are
prone to high wind or other inclement
weather, but check with your local building
requirements to be sure.
Replacing 3-Tab Roofing Shingles
If you need to replace 3-tab roofing
shingles, you can either do the job yourself
or hire a professional roofing contractor,
such as If you decide to take
the job on yourself, choose a warm, dry day.
Do not work on the roof if it is wet or
slippery. Once youre on the roof, carefully
pry the tabs of the shingles upward, which
overlap the damaged one. Loosen the tabs and
the adhesive on the back of the shingle. Work
carefully to avoid damage to the neighboring
shingles. If you lift too many tabs on good
shingles, they may crack. For the shingle
that you are removing, look for the nails
holding it into place and remove them as
well. Once the shingle is out, remove any
debris from that area before placing the new
shingle. With your new shingle in hand,
search for the adhesive strips near the
bottom of each of the 3 tabs. Slide the new
shingle into place and secure it with nails.
You may use roofing cement to secure the
overlaying tabs.
Contacting A Professional
If you are uncomfortable working on your
roof, call a professional roofing contractor. has years of experience in
helping homeowners with all of their roofing
needs. We can help you, too. Give us a call
or fill in the form for a fast quote on your
project. We are here to answer all of your
questions and to provide you with quality
work, so please do not hesitate to contact for repair or replacement of
your roof.
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Concrete Roof Tile Business Opportunity Provides Excellent Income Potential!

Concrete Roof Tile Business Opportunity Provides Excellent Income Potential!
By Randy Wilson
Concrete Roof Tile Business:During the 2004 summer season, storms plagued the United States. Damages from the Hurricanes in Florida alone sent resources in the southern states scrambling. The shortage of qualified roofing professionals and supplies were felt immediately. Roofers from all over the United States began hunting down supplies and heading south. There were also many people who saw a roofing business opportunity and invested in roof tile businesses. Concrete roof tile has gone through some evolution over the years. Initially, the tiles were large, like sheets of corrugated roofing. The composition for the size did not hold up well, and lasted only about ten years. When the tiles were made smaller, it was found that the roof tiles held up twenty plus years and were tougher than the larger sheets. Another benefit of concrete roof tile is the ability to stain them, giving them the aesthetic flexibility that consumers want. Their durability and ease of installation are both benefits. Concrete roofing tiles provide great protection from heavy rain, hot sun, and strength. You can also be assured there is little risk of your tiles blowing off in high winds. The tiles size and composition are resistant to breakage as well. Concrete roofing tile can be produced with a small shop and small investment. This is an industry that is being used all over the world. Typical start up costs, not including land and buildings, can cost around one thousand dollars. Equipment can be purchased from hardware and concrete shops locally, or online. Supplies and mixes can be obtained the same way. There are typically two types of concrete roofing tile, both of which will require some learned skill to produce effectively. The first type is the fiber reinforced concrete tile. As the name implies, tiles are reinforced with sisal or coir fibers. The second type of tile is made with no fibers at all. These are known as micro-concrete roofing tiles. Quality control will be an important issue when producing roofing tiles. Micro-concrete roofing tiles will require a great deal of care and precision during the entire process of production or sub standard tiles will be produced. The standards for fiber-reinforced tiles can be produced with slightly less rigorous attention to detail, but you still want a good quality tile to make it to the roofer who buys them. Equipment requirements are actually minimal, but should be selected carefully for quality. A tile vibrator machine, moulds, plastic sheets, batching boxes, a water curing tank, and a table to work on are about the essentials. Your supplies should include sand, water, and cement. The sand should be of the best quality, having a regular grain-size grading. Make sure that the grain size is not too silty, as this will provide sub standard tiles. Once you learn the techniques of producing good quality tile, you will be able to market your tile to local roofers and hardware stores. Working on your sales pitch will be important, especially defining the benefits of concrete roofing tile. The benefits of concrete tile are easy to explain and should make for a great sales pitch to perspective clientele. Concrete roof tile production can also lead to concrete roof tile repair. If you have roofing experience, you will be ahead of the game. Installing concrete roofing tile is no more difficult than most other roofing materials. Always have extra tiles on hand to be able to assist with repair jobs. A concrete roof tile business is ideal for someone willing to make the educational investment. Most of the time involved will be in learning to produce good quality tile. Once you have established your techniques, you should have no trouble in selling your tiles on the roofing market! Copyright Randy Wilson, All Rights Reserved.
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Adam Capital Finances Solar Panels for Affordable Housing in New Orleans

(PRWEB) October 25, 2011

Adam Capital Clean Energy Asset Finance LLC, a leader in the clean energy lending space, has agreed to extend $ 1 million to Sustainable Environmental Enterprises (SEE) of Louisiana, a community-development organization that is financing solar for disadvantaged communities in New Orleans. The loan will finance rooftop solar panels for over 85 low-income homes, and help SEE become one of Louisiana?s leading solar providers to low-income communities.

After Hurricane Katrina, the state of Louisiana recognized the important role solar power can play in making communities less vulnerable to extreme weather events. The state has offered premium solar incentives to help rebuild communities like New Orleans, but local homeowners and organizations have struggled to secure financing.

Adam Capital, a leading private investment fund in the renewable energy sector, provides much-needed investment capital for clean energy projects, thereby solving a critical funding gap in the market. The company recognizes that solar financing is especially significant for low and moderate income households, who spend a higher percentage of their income on energy but cannot afford to own solar.

?With this program we?re taking what was considered a luxury good ? solar power ? and bringing it to the people who need it most,? says Adam Boucher, CEO of Adam Capital. ?We?ve financed solar for schools, churches, and businesses, but we?re especially thrilled to be part of rebuilding New Orleans as a safer, more sustainable city.?

SEE?s solar financing allows people on fixed incomes to get fixed energy costs. With affordable solar leases, participants in the SEE program can lock in lower-than-utility energy prices for years to come, with projected savings up to $ 58,000 over the life of the system.

Additionally, customers with medical needs can finance battery systems to provide back up power during storms or power outages for up to three days. SEE has also negotiated unique insurance packages specifically for their customers to cover the full replacement cost of panels damaged or destroyed by storms. Given the historic population of homes in New Orleans, in many cases these solar panels will actually improve the quality of customer’s roofs.

?With these funds from Adam Capital, SEE is making sure that clean affordable energy goes to people who wouldn?t otherwise be able to get it,? says Lea Keal, CEO of SEE. ?This loan allows us to expand our programs serving communities of color, and low to moderate income homeowners. There is a very real need in this community, but we didn?t have the dollars to serve this constituency until now. Thanks to Adam Capital, we?re literally leveling the playing field so the green revolution doesn?t pass by communities disadvantaged by lower incomes.?

About Adam Capital:

Adam Capital Clean Energy Asset Finance LLC is a private investment fund operating solely within the clean energy sector. We extend collateralized loans under $ 10 million, an important niche within the clean energy finance spectrum that is largely overlooked by banks, bond markets or venture capitalists. By leveraging ITC grant cash payments and other local incentive rebates as collateral, we enable our borrowers to install much needed community-scale clean-energy projects. We have funded hundreds of projects in multiple states and utility districts, serving the needs of individuals, schools, non-profits, and businesses.

About Sustainable Environmental Enterprises (SEE):

SEE is a Louisiana company working to rebuild New Orleans by making housing more affordable with renewable energy. The company?s partners have experience in community development, housing finance, and sustainable building practices. They were an IDEACorps Innovation Award winner in 2009, and are supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2010, SEE installed the first renewable energy project on a commercial building to be jointly approved by the US Green Building Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2011, SEE was invited to the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion on Building an Impact Economy in America.

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Larry Farris ? Senior Loan Operations

VaproShield Announces New Product Made from Over 70% Post Consumer Content – ReNewShield Highly Vapor Permeable Air and Weather Resistive Barrier

Gig Harbor, WA (PRWEB) October 20, 2011

VaproShield, industry leaders of innovative breathable membrane systems for walls and roofs announces the new product release of ReNewShield, a new patent pending, vapor permeable, air and weather resistive barrier manufactured from 70% post consumer recycled plastic.

ReNewShield is manufactured using recycled plastic (PET 1). By volume, approximately 70% of ReNewShield content is recycled plastic from water and pop bottles. It is 100% recyclable after its useful life, fully incorporating the concept of ?Cradle-to-Cradle? design. The sustainable design of ReNewShield requires 70% less virgin material than other conventional building wraps and the use of recycled material greatly reduces the environmental impact and carbon footprint.

ReNewShield passes all testing and criteria in its class, including: ICC-ES AC 38, Air Barrier ASTM 2178, ASTM E-84 Class A Fire Rated. With a perm rating of 75, ReNewShield allows moisture vapor within the building to escape, ensuring good indoor air quality. To learn more about the testing criteria mentioned visit

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