David Kirkpatrick

January 20, 2010

Solar shingles are about to become a market reality

Filed under: Business, Science — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:14 am

Courtesy of Dow Chemical. Solar power has a lot of implementation issues, not the least of which is just getting solar panels installed. This looks like a big step in the right direction. These aren’t going to be cheap right off the bat, but they are going to remove a lot of installation issues from going solar on a building.

From the link:

Dow Chemical is moving full speed ahead to develop roof shingles embedded with photovoltaic cells. To facilitate the move, the U.S. Department of Energy has backed Dow’s efforts with a $17.8 million tax credit that will help the company launch an initial market test of the product later this year.

In October 2009, the chemical giant unveiled its product, which can be nailed to a roof like ordinary shingles by roofers without the help of specially trained solar installers or electricians. The solar shingles will cost 30 to 40 percent less than other solar-embedded building materials and 10 percent less than the combined costs of conventional roofing materials and rack-mounted solar panels, according to company officials.

Sunny future: Dow Chemical hopes to transform the solar power industry by integrating solar cells with conventional roofing shingles .

Credit: Dow Chemical

1 Comment »

  1. […] widespread solar installations – particularly the efficiency of the solar panels and the physical difficulty of getting the panels installed and operating — are not the impediment they were just a couple of years […]

    Pingback by U.S. solar market about to explode « David Kirkpatrick — February 8, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

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