Customers interested in purchasing a new roof can have a solar system installed at the same time, providing customers with a more convenient solution for their homes and businesses.

“Combining the expertise and experience of two companies who are leaders in their business sectors, this agreement will help to further advance the use of solar energy technology in both residential and commercial applications across North America,” said Victor Abate, vice president of renewables for GE Energy. “It underscores GE’s continuing commitment to increase the role that renewable resources such as wind and solar can play to meet our nation’s future energy needs.”

Dave Harrison, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of GAF Materials added, “We are pleased to collaborate with GE Energy on solar roofing applications. Solar is a natural fit for our WeatherStopper┬« roofing systems, which are designed to give property owners their best and safest choice in roofing. This strategic alliance with GE Energy will ultimately provide the entire industry with a powerful solution for designing and constructing properties for both new construction and property improvement projects that address today’s fast-evolving, environmentally conscious consumer values, including energy efficiency.”

Further expanding its commitment to the solar energy industry, GE Energy recently increased its equity share in PrimeStar Inc., a solar thin-film technology and manufacturing company.