Americans in northern Californian and central Texas are among the first in the nation to reinvent their roof into a smart energy generating investment using Dow's POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle which will be distributed by Town & Country Roofing and Dority Roofing.
The DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle utilizes CIGS-based (Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide) thin-film photovoltaic cells, which have the highest efficiency of available thin-film technologies. "It will allow homeowners to change the way they think about their asphalt roof and the value it can bring to a home," said Dan Pezolt, Dow Solar Marketing Director. "Homeowners can now have a roof that goes to work for them, changing it from a depreciating asset into one that generates energy and savings. The product's flush to the roof installation gives it an unprecedented look which also adds to the value of a home."
The Solar roofing system protects the home like a standard roofing shingle while using the sun to power it. Each custom designed array can offset as much electricity as the homeowner targets; the system comes with an inverter that converts the Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AC) to power the home, and a monitoring system delivering real-time production and consumption readouts from any internet connection. Dow can also monitor each system to ensure optimal performance and provide real-time feedback on individual systems.
Dow identified these areas as launch markets for the Solar Shingle because of California's commitment and investment to the solar industry and Texas' fastest growing solar markets. California has long been the nation's leading solar installation market with over 1.5 GW of installed solar capacity, and home to more than 3,500 active solar firms that employ thousands of people. Texas added 47 megawatts (MW) of energy from solar installations last year, up from 23 MW in 2010
California pledges to have one million solar roofs in the state by 2018 as outlined in the Million Solar Roofs Bill.
Kasey Dority, President, Dority Roofing, said "Houses with solar, sell on average twice as fast as comparable houses without solar, and adds to the total home value. Offering a reliable, high quality product that provides a superior aesthetic look like this product will reshape the California residential roofing market."
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