July 29, 2010 | Valley Forge, PA USA

CertainTeed Corporation’s Solar Rooftop Partnership with NJR Clean Energy Ventures Boosts Sustainability Efforts at Company’s New Jersey Distribution Center

A new rooftop solar project in Berlin, N.J. will generate more than 870 kilowatts of clean, renewable energy, thanks to a partnership between CertainTeed Corporation and NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR).

As part of a 20-year lease and concurrent Power Purchase Agreement with CertainTeed, NJRCEV is installing a state-of-the art solar roof utilizing 300,000 square feet of space atop the company's Berlin facility which is used as a Northeast distribution center for its fiberglass insulation products.

The roof will feature UNI-SOLAR® thin-film solar laminates, which will provide the dual benefit of weather protection and clean energy. The system is designed to provide nearly 90 percent of the building's electric needs and help transform the facility into a green building by eliminating more than 800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The roofing system was developed in conjunction with United Solar, a leading global manufacturer of UNI-SOLAR brand light-weight, flexible, thin-film, low impact and low profile solar panels. The project is expected to be operational by January 2011 and will create up to 25 direct and indirect jobs in the state.

"The Berlin solar roof project demonstrates the true strength of partnerships when it comes to mitigating the impact on the environment," says Peter Dachowski, president and CEO of CertainTeed Corporation. "CertainTeed is wholeheartedly committed to serving as a responsible steward of the environment and our community by incorporating sustainable practices in the design of our buildings and manufacture of our building products."

CertainTeed also partnered with United Solar in the development of the company's EnerGen™ photovoltaic roofing system. The system features integrated UNI-SOLAR thin-film laminates that seamlessly integrate with traditional asphalt roofing shingles. CertainTeed also recently launched AirRenew™, a revolutionary gypsum board product that improves indoor air quality and Sustainable Insulation™, a fiberglass insulation product manufactured with high recycled and renewable content including a formaldehyde-free binder. For more information on CertainTeed's green building products and commitment to the environment, visit certainteed.com/buildingresponsibly.

About New Jersey Resources

New Jersey Resources, a Fortune 1000 company, provides reliable and renewable energy and natural gas services including transportation, distribution, and asset management in states from the Gulf Coast to the New England regions, including the Mid-Continent region, the West Coast and Canada, while investing in and maintaining an extensive infrastructure to support future growth. With over $2.5 billion in annual revenues, NJR safely and reliably operates and maintains 6,700 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve nearly half a million customers; develops and manages a diverse portfolio of more than 2.3 Bcf/day of transportation capacity and 50 Bcf of storage capacity; and provides appliance installation, repair and contract service to approximately 144,000 homes and businesses. Additionally, NJR holds investments in midstream assets through equity partnerships including Steckman Ridge and Iroquois. Through Conserve to Preserve®, NJR is helping customers save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging efficiency. For more information about NJR, visit www.njliving.com.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America's leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009 and 2010, CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2009. www.certainteed.com


Mike Loughery
Director of Marketing Communications, CertainTeed