Dow Chemical says its solar shingles are coming soon

Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles
Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles
Dow Chemical says that its getting ready to start mass producing its long awaited solar shingles.  It’s been a long wait – back in 2007, Dow received a grant of $20 million of the US Dept of Energy to develop solar energy products that could easily be incorporated into building materials.   Now Dow says that they will start producing their solar shingles in “limited quantities” in mid 2010 – homebuilders Lennar and Putte Homes will get the first batches.

Dow Chemical’s solar shingles will  essentially take the place of regular asphalt shingles and can be used on the areas of a roof that gets the most sun.   Even with the higher cost of the solar shingles themselves (and Dow hasn’t yet announced pricing), installation costs would be lower than with a traditional solar panel system.   While you would still need an electrician to run the wires from the roof to an inverter and into the house, the shingles themselves are installed exactly the same as regular asphalt shingles and there would be no need for the specialized skills to install regular silicon solar panels.

Dow has been working with copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) solar cell maker Global  Solar Energy to develop these shingles.

via: Greentech Media

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