HTP’s solar guy, Rod Hyatt, expands responsibilities with Solar Skies

As HTP’s National Solar Projects Manager for more than three years, Rod Hyatt has worked to increase the role of the water-heating products manufacturer’s role in the expanding solar-thermal industry.

Now, his responsibilities have expanded as well. Rod will oversee sales for Solar Skies Mfg., a solar collector manufacturer affiliated with HTP, at the same time he heads up HTP’s solar division. HTP owns an interest in Solar Skies Mfg., based in Alexandria, MN.

HTP offers complete solar thermal packages, from the highly efficient boiler and tanks inside the home, up to the solar collectors on the roof. With Rod’s increased association with Solar Skies, he is able to more fully promote the company’s quality flat-plate collectors and integrate the two manufacturers’ product lines.

Rod HyattRenewable energy veteran Rod Hyatt is the solar face for HTP. He has been with HTP since 2008, and before that was an HTP distributor for many years. Hyatt has 20 years experience in the solar and renewable energy industry, and has designed and overseen installation of hundreds of solar thermal projects, from small house DHW systems to such large projects as municipal swimming pools and department stores. As a speaker and trainer, Hyatt has taught classes throughout the United States and Canada, including seminars for ASPE, ASHRAE and other organizations. A native of Utah, he is based in Ogden, near Salt Lake City.

Solar Skies Mfg., LLC was established in 2006 to manufacture solar thermal collectors for commercial and residential use. The company, under CEO Randy Hagen, produces a full line of solar thermal collectors, mounting systems, and a host of options made available in order to meet the demands of each customer’s needs. The popular SS Series flat-plate collectors are designed to provide an efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly renewable energy resource that is SRCC OG100 certified.

Solar Skies partners with a growing network of dealers and distributors throughout the U.S. and into Canada.

HTP, based in East Freetown, MA, was founded in 1974 as a designer and fabricator of heat exchangers for the boiler and solar industries. Today, under CEO Dave Davis, HTP is a full-fledged manufacturer on the cutting edge of energy-efficient water heating technology. Although the company makes a wide assortment of water heating products and system components, it is best-known for its indirect-fired water heaters, first introduced in 1980; and, more recently, for its state-of-the-art lineup of condensing, modulating (“ModCon”) boilers.

HTP works with nearly two dozen independent stocking sales representatives across the U.S. and Canada; these reps serve HTP’s nationwide network of distributors and their contractor customers.

Rod has been involved with HTP’s ongoing development of new solar products, and he will continue to work with Solar Skies’ research and development. He looks forward to new, innovative products to be announced.

Rod Hyatt can be reached at 508-542-9830, and at Visit Solar Spectrum, Rod’s blog for solar thermal professionals at