Dow expands availability of solar roof shingles

A January 2012 screen shot from the Dow website on the Powerhouse Solar Shingle.
Dow Solar

A January 2012 screen shot from the Dow website on the Powerhouse Solar Shingle.

Dow Chemical Co. on Tuesday said it plans to expand the availability of its “Dow Powerhouse” solar power roof shingles, first introduced in Colorado in October 2011, to seven more states.

The shingles protect the roof as a regular shingle as well as producing power via embedded solar cells.

The shingles are made in the United States and carry a 20-year warranty.

Dow introduced them in Colorado in partnership with Fort Worth, Texas-based D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE: DHI), one of the largest homebuilding companies in the Denver area. D.R. Horton installed them at homes the company built in its Spring Mesa subdivision near Quaker Street and West 82nd Avenue in Arvada.

In January, Dow made the solar shingles available to the wider Denver area via the first three roofing companies in the company’s authorized dealer network: Academy Roofing Inc. of Aurora, Fort Collins-based B&M Roofing of Colorado Inc., and D&D Roofing of Commerce City.

Earlier this year the company also expanded its market tests to Northern California and central Texas.

Tuesday, Dow announced that homeowners in seven other states could buy the solar shingles for their homes. The new states joining the lineup are Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C.

Read more in the Denver Business Journal.

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