Dec 4, 2012 - US group The Dow Chemical Co (NYSE:DOW) on Monday said it was expanding the availability of its Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle, a residential roofing system that includes solar cells, to a number of markets in the US.
After pilot sales in Colorado, northern California and central Texas since earlier in 2012, the product is currently being launched in New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, DC, Louisiana and Michigan.
Mauro Gregorio, president of Dow Energy Solutions, said that availability was being expanded in strategically picked markets, where interest was strong, electricity costs were high and which had legislation and incentives supporting solar. As the company's new plant in Midland, Michigan produces additional quantities, the launch of the product will continue in other US markets, Dow Chemical said.
The Powerhouse Solar Shingle, which is certified both as a roofing and solar product, is offered via roofing contractors in the re-roof and custom home market as well as through homebuilders as a feature on new homes. It is a turnkey package that involves a custom designed solar system, inverter to convert direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) electricity, utility interconnection and web-based monitoring system.
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