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The Solar Shingle, A New Line of Roofing

Dow Chemical is introducing a new type of roofing - solar shingles.

A roof of solar shingles.

Photo: eastpole (Flickr)

Dow Chemical is coming out with a new brand of roofing- solar shingles.


The roof of the future is here now! Forget about regular shingles. Heck, forget about solar panels! Dow Chemical is coming out with a new type of roofing – solar shingles. The new solar powered roofing converts sunlight into electricity AND looks just like the standard asphalt that tops the many houses we see today.

Unlike panels, which take 22 to 30 hours to install, solar shingles can be installed within 10 hours. Jane Palmieri, a Dow executive, stated that the shingle utilizes a low-budget, thin-filmed “photovoltaic” cell mechanism for acquiring solar power.

Another great advantage? Roofing contractors need not specialize in solar shingles to be able to install.

The Powerhouse Solar Shingles, as they will be called, will be available for purchase in limited quantities in 2010. Dow expects to have a “full roll-out” in 2011.

Read More: Dow Says Out With Solar Panels, In With Solar Shingles (Discover Magazine)

Emily Shelton

Emily Shelton is a web producer and blogger for Earth Eats. A native of Evansville, Indiana, Emily moved to Bloomington in the fall of 2007 to attend Indiana University, pursuing a major in Telecommunications and a minor in Business. Emily began interning at WFIU in the fall of 2008 and is now an Assistant Web Producer. As an official Earth Eats "tweeter", Emily loves spreading the word about the importance of environmental issues and "going green". In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, writing, and looking at pictures of delicious meals that she'll only ever dream about.

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