May 11, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO—GAF Energy, a provider of roof-integrated solar products, reported that it has leased and begun critical improvements on a 112,000-square-foot facility in San Jose, California. Once construction is complete, the new facility will serve as the company’s center for research, development, and manufacturing, bringing traditionally off-shored solar manufacturing to the United States, the company said in a release.
The buildout of the property and its ongoing operations is expected to create hundreds of U.S.-based, clean energy manufacturing jobs and a solar roof product that is made in America. As part of Standard Industries and a sister company to GAF, GAF Energy said that it brings extensive roofing manufacturing and R&D expertise to the solar industry.
“Driving the next generation of solar innovation is a top priority for our business—and we’re proud to be making this investment here in the U.S.,” said David Millstone and David Winter, co-CEOs of Standard Industries, in a joint statement. “With this facility, GAF Energy is advancing our vision of an integrated product that’s attractive, affordable, reliable, and easily installed, so that every new roof has the option to generate solar power.”
GAF Energy (www.gaf.energy) empowers roofing contractors across the U.S. with a comprehensive and economical approach to solar installations. The company designed its current product to provide an attractive, low-profile alternative to rack-mounted solar panels, which are typically drilled through the roof’s shingles. The GAF Energy solar system is integrated into the roofing system, ensuring that the primary function of the roof—to protect the home from the elements—remains intact. Its high-efficiency solar panels are reported to optimize power output and maximize aesthetic appeal, combining “robust flashing with a sleek black perimeter shield to help reduce the risk of leaks and animal intrusion,” the company said.
“We’re extremely excited to have found a home for our first combination R&D and manufacturing facility,” said Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy, in the release. “Solar roofing is the future of the industry; the research, innovation, and manufacturing for that future will start at this facility. The co-location of R&D and manufacturing is a huge benefit for the scientists pushing the envelope on what’s possible for the product, and the engineers responsible for rolling it off the line.”