Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles

Dow Powerhouse Shingles
Many of us share the dream of creating clean, free, renewable energy at home, going 'off-grid' to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. There are many reasons to switch to renewable energy: independence from imported fossil fuels, cleaner air, reduced climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions, lower utility bills…..The new Powerhouse solar shingle system from Dow is an innovative way to harness the power of the sun.

*Update 2/14: Dow Powerhouse solar shingles are now available in Michigan and several other states!!

Solar Energy: True Renewable Energy

Solar energy is the fastest growing energy source in the world today. Our sun offers unlimited energy that is clean, safe, and renewable; and it will continue to do so for the next five billion years or so. Dow is helping solar into the mainstream with its attractive new Powerhouse solar shingle system.

Clean Energy is Right Up on the Roof

Every home needs a roof, and every roof needs protection from the elements, typically in the form of shingles. Every home needs power as well; Dow's Powerhouse shingle system allows your home's roof to become a power-generating system while protecting the roof at the same time.

The Powerhouse Solar Shingles turn the sun's energy into electricity using photovoltaic elements embedded within the shingles just like traditional solar panels, without the bulk.

Installing Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles

Powerhouse Solar Shingles are installed flush to the roof just like traditional shingles, with conventional roofing materials and processes, giving your roof a seamless, fully-integrated look that doesn't disrupt the roofline. Installation is simplified, and no special maintenance is required. Traditional solar panels are housed in heavy, roof-mounted glass panels, adding considerable cost to installation.
On-roof wiring is eliminated; once the shingles have been installed by a Dow-authorized professional, an electrician integrates the solar shingles (and the power they create) into your home's electrical system.

Once installed, the Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle system starts creating power for your home immediately. Tracking their performance is simple; a system monitor provides real-time readouts, giving you information on your home's average power usage, the amount of power the roof is currently providing, the entire history of your roofs' energy generation, the energy consumption vs. energy production history of your home, and the amount of money saved since installation.

Reducing Energy Use with Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles

Dow solar shingles reduces costs two ways: by generating some (possibly all) of your home's energy needs, the cost of running household appliances and devices is reduced. At the same time, any excess energy flows into the utility grid, which is purchased by your utility provider.

Dow Powerhouse Solar: A Complete Energy System

Dow Powerhouse solar shingles are a total package. The roof shingles capture power while providing an attractive and protective roof for your home. An inverter converts Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AC) for use in the home. Finally, the aforementioned monitor system lets you know exactly how much energy your home is using vs. how much the solar shingles are creating.

Durable and Reliable: Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles

Like traditional asphalt shingles, Dow Powerhouse solar shingles protect the roof and home from the elements while generating electricity at the same time.

Dow's solar shingles meet all building code requirements for roofing materials. As a photovoltaic system, they are the first residential roofing shingle with an integrated connection to receive seven certifications for safety and performance. They have safety certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and are also certified to withstand rain, snow, hail, and wind. Dow backs the Powerhouse Solar Shingles with a 20 year warranty.

Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles and Your Green Home

Dow's innovative solar shingles do it all; on the outside they provide a clean, attractive roof for your home that is also extremely durable. At the same time, these unobtrusive shingles are making clean electricity for you (and maybe some for the neighbors as well).
Installing Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles on your roof is an affordable solar-energy solution. A Dow Solar Shingle roof has the ability to cover its cost in the first half of its intended life.
Federal tax credits of 30%, along with possible state or utility discounts make Dow solar shingles more economically viable than ever.

And finally, as if Dows' Powerhouse Solar Shingles didn't sound wonderful enough, add the fact that they are manufactured right here in the USA, at a manufacturing plant in Midland, Michigan.

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