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Daetwyler Clean Energy (DCE) Achieves Industry-Leading Fire Safety Rating

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., Dec. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DCE, a sister company of Daetwyler – a globally recognized provider of industrial equipment and services, precision machinery, and mechanical and engineering consulting – announced today the designation of Class A fire rating for their Eco-TopTM rooftop solar racking system. The company voluntarily submitted their assembly for testing through Underwriters Laboratory (UL) fire testing as part of the firm's proactive approach to safety and quality. "Throughout its entire 40-year history in the US, the Daetwyler brand has been driven by a desire to be the best at what we do for our clients," says Bill Taylor, President of DCE. "Our solar energy company has been committed to achieving the most stringent testing to now include UL classifications for fire safety and other compliance considerations from our very first day in business."

The Eco-Top™ racking system was awarded the Class A distinction in accordance with various UL requirements. Specifically, the system meets the standards set forth in UL 1703 (2014) Section 31.2 and UL 2703 (2012) in compliance with UL 790 (2004) "Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Roof Covering" for low slope applications. These test results will be used to further certify the Eco-Top line as fully UL2703 compliant – a standard required in some States like California for 2015 but that will be nationwide requirements by 2016. "The UL-certification process is very detailed and takes time for testing and evaluation," explains Taylor. "We firmly believed in obtaining this certification sooner, rather than later, so that our clients could move forward with new installations without worrying about compliance or reinstallation in the future. If we are really going to support the growth of solar in a meaningful way, the worry-free safety aspect simply must be in place for everyone we serve."

The immediate benefit of the new UL Class A Fire Rating is that all contractors, developers, installers, and other solar industry stakeholders will have a clearly recognizable standard of quality to look for when choosing racking and mounting products. The Eco-Top line is one of the most rigorously tested and most reliable systems available, while still offering competitive up-front costs and long-term savings on installation and maintenance.

More information about Daetwyler Clean Energy (DCE) and its entire line of solar mounting and racking products – including the Eco-Top line – can be found at www.DaetwylerCE.com.

About Daetwyler Clean Energy

Daetwyler Clean Energy (DCE) serves as market leader in industrial grade solar mounting hardware and consulting. With DCE's world-class engineering and fabrication facilities, American master craftsmen leverage more than three generations of Swiss engineering expertise to create a full catalog of superior fixed tilt mounting and tracking solutions for ground and both flat and pitched roofs. By developing and installing equipment designed for longevity and efficiency, DCE lowers the long-term cost of ownership and elevates the future of the solar industry. www.daetwylerce.com

CONTACT: William Howard Marketing / Communications Manager Phone: (704) 875-1200 bhoward@daetwyler.com

Source: Daetwyler Clean Energy