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HAX’s automated roofing company Renovate Robotics has announced a $2.5M pre-seed round led by Alley Robotics Ventures with support from SOSV’s HAX, Newlab, Uphonest Capital, and Climate Capital.

Renovate Robotics builds robotic systems that install both asphalt and solar shingles, removing the dangers human contractors face when roofing. Using a winch-based system, a robot tethered to a roof installs shingles methodically  in a X, Y axis pattern.

Former HAX associate and analyst Dylan Crow, who is now the COO of Renovate, told TechCrunch: 

“I’ve seen a lot of hard tech startups go through steep inflection points from the inside during my time at SOSV, and the ones that I was always the most drawn towards were climate focused. All of these companies have a vision that was fundamentally disruptive, and I see the same in where we’re headed at Renovate Robotics.”

Renovate plans to work directly with roofing contractors to help them as subcontractors. Eventually, 0the company plans to switch to a RaaS model, leasing robots to trained contractors who can operate and oversee the robot on site.