Dow Solar, a business of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), has been busy spreading its DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles far and wide.
On the heels of a story about the first Dow solar shingles installation in Illinois, the company announced this week that its award-winning shingles will also be available in Delaware and Hawaii.
While among the smaller states in the nation — in both population and geography — the states rank high in solar adoption, having made the top ten list for 2013. That led to Dow Solar pinpointing them as the next markets for their solar shingles.
Hawaii and Delaware boast the third and seventh most solar power per capita, and Hawaii is in the top ten states for total installed solar capacity. With strong net metering programs, these states present homeowners with the perfect opportunity to take control of their energy costs by reinventing their rooftops with solar shingles.
Solar shingles have been a niche product that was more expensive yet less eficient than regular panels. As that changes, solar shingles are gaining in popularity for their aesthetic appeal.
“Many homeowners are increasingly interested in taking control of their energy consumption by generating their own power with solar,” said Yochai Gafni, Commercial and Marketing Director for Dow Solar. “DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles offer a smart investment, allowing homeowners to turn their passive roof into a roof that creates electricity, saves them money, and increases their home value.”
In Hawaii, renewable energy solutions provider Green Path Technologies will offer POWERHOUSE to residents of all major islands, partnering with a trusted local roofer. In Delaware, G. Fedale Roofing & Siding Contractors, CMI Solar Electric, and Yencer Builders have all been authorized as certified installers. A Wilmington home became the first in that state to join the POWERHOUSE community by re-roofing with Dow’s solar shingles.
The DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle has the benefit of being certified as both a roofing and solar product. The system is a complete turnkey package that includes a custom design for each home, the inverter to convert DC to useable AC electricity, the utility interconnection, and a web-based monitoring system that provides real-time system performance.