If you are a homeowner thinking about solar power panels and the cost of installation, a new technology in roofing is about to revolutionize solar power energy. Three Colorado roofers will be the first to sell the new Dow solar-power shingles. Last October, Colorado was named the first market in the country where the shingles would be sold. The roofing material is known as Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle.
Dow Chemical Co. is the owner of this new product, which has installed solar power panels that are the size of shingles to create a new energy saving and green roofing material. Dow Solar said in January that Academy Roofing Inc. of Aurora, B&M Roofing of Colorado in Fort Collins and D&D Roofing of Commerce City will be the first authorized to sell the shingles in the dealer network.
"Our association with Academy Roofing, B&M Roofing of Colorado Inc., and D&D Roofing allow us to bring the latest innovation in residential solar products to Colorado homeowners," said Jane Palmieri, the vice president of Dow Solar. "The collaboration with these great professional roofing companies will help change the landscape of both the solar and roofing industries; together we are reinventing the roof and making solar accessible and more attractive for American homeowners."
The three companies have made statements about looking forward to working with Dow and installing the new shingles for homeowners in Colorado. The news has created quite a buzz in the "Go Green" community, with homeowners inside and outside of Colorado asking for installation quotes and scheduling roofing for their homes.
"The Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles help homeowners think about the roof in completely new ways," said Curt Boyd, president of Academy Roofing. "It's exciting to be a part of a technology that provides a whole new purpose for the roof by enabling it to generate electricity for the home."
The new shingles will be able to generate electricity just like solar panels on current off-the-grid homes. It's uncertain whether or not these shingles will qualify for any tax credits yet through the state's solar power programs.
"The team at B&M Roofing of Colorado Inc. is thrilled to be one of Dow's first authorized dealers," said Brad Taylor, vice president of B&M. "In addition to the excitement around the unique solar solutions offered by Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle technology, we have been very impressed with the infrastructure and support that Dow has put in place to enable us to provide our customers with a positive solar purchasing experience."
Homes will start receiving the new shingles this Spring with installations occurring as soon as March. D.R. Horton already announced plans in October to install the shingles on 40 roofs in Spring Mesa subdivision, near Quaker Street and West 82nd Avenue in Arvada, Colorado.