With demand for sustainable energy solutions on the increase, this strategic acquisition is said to ensure that Marley will be able to provide “a single-source supply for a fully integrated solar roof system.”
Marley says that “solar panels have formed an ever-expanding feature of the UK roofscape and, more recently, this has shifted to integrated solutions that offer better aesthetics, durability and ease of installation”. The company contends that recent announcements on forthcoming Building Regulation changes open up these opportunities even further, with the prospect for roofs to become a mainstream element of the renewable energy economy.
Viridian Solar’s Clearline Fusion PV technology is behind Marley SolarTile, a roof-integrated solar panel solution launched in 2020. Marley SolarTile is described as working “seamlessly” with existing roof structures to directly replace roof tile sections and is a “quick and simple way to provide a greener and cost-effective energy source”.
Marley adds that the addition of solar panels to its product portfolio represents a “valuable opportunity for stockists of the Marley roofing range” as builders and homeowners increasingly look to add solar solutions to their building projects. Accordingly, Marley says it is looking to work with merchant partners to serve this sector.
Paul Reed, Chief Operating Officer for Marley, said: “This is an exciting acquisition for Marley as we further strengthen our position as a single-source supplier for full roof systems. Viridian Solar has, over the past two decades, continued to innovate and develop high quality solar solutions. This complements Marley’s position and allows architects and builders to specify a complete roof system solution incorporating a solar panel technology, with the reassurance of our 15-year roof system guarantee.”