Dow brings solar shingles to Colorado

Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 09:01 AM
posted by rene5432

Homeowners in Colorado now have an opportunity to invest in solar power systems unlike anywhere else in the country, according to the Denver Business Journal.

Dow Chemical Co. has announced the introduction of its new Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle, a new type of solar power installation that actually replaces traditional shingles on a roof.

Some solar power systems can prove bulky and unappealing, while all of them stick up above house's profile. This has discouraged some homeowners from investing in renewable electricity and potentially saving on electricity bills.

However, Dow has now offered its solution to homeowners anywhere in Colorado partnering with three local roofing companies – Academy Roofing Inc., B&M Roofing of Colorado and D&D Roofing – who are hoping the technology could revolutionize the roofing industry.

"The Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles help homeowners think about the roof in completely new ways," Curt Boyd, president of Academy Roofing, said in a statement. "It’s exciting to be a part of a technology that provides a whole new purpose for the roof by enabling it to generate electricity for the home."

Crain News Service reports that the technology will be coming to several other states over the coming 18 months, including California and Texas, though not every state will have access until after the full-scale production facility has been completed.

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