The Dow PowerHouse Solar Shingle - the much-anticipated roof shingle that is also a photovoltaic solar power collector – has now been made available to the public for the first time in a limited Colorado market.
The solar shingle roofing system protects the home from the elements like a standard roofing shingle while turning sunlight into electricity to power the home. The three-part solar roofing system package includes shingles, an inverter, and an energy monitoring system. The inverter converts direct current (dc) produced from the shingles into alternating current (ac), which is then available for use in the home or is fed back into the power grid. The real-time monitoring system informs the homeowner about energy usage, production, and the amount of excess power flowing back to the grid.
The shingles are made by Dow in a small-scale manufacturing facility near its headquarters in Midland, MI. A new large-scale manufacturing facility for the solar shingle is under construction in Midland and is expected to create up to 1275 jobs by 2015.
The company held a launch event in Colorado, with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and solar technology supporters in attendance. The event was co-hosted by homebuilder D.R. Horton, the first residential production builder to participate with Dow Solar. The homebuilder will offer Dow's solar shingle as a standard feature on 50 new homes in its Spring Mesa community in Colorado. Each of the remaining homes in Spring Mesa will receive a 3-kilowatt solar shingle roof.
Dow chose Colorado for the launch because the state of the state's combination of financial returns and market receptivity to solar.
“Colorado is a national leader in solar energy innovation and job creation. We have the right combination of public sector support, private sector commitment, homeowner interest and an enthusiastic community of builders and installers,” said Neal Lurie, Executive Director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA).
Market expansion throughout Colorado is continuing and other U.S. markets will be announced in the coming months.
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