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Dow to stop manufacturing Powerhouse Solar Shingles

Less than five years after its Powerhouse solar roofing shingles first hit the U.S. market, the Dow Chemical Company has decided to stop manufacturing its Powerhouse Solar System 2.0 modules in July 2016. Dow has announced it will transition its Powerhouse platform to a licensing business model. Dow will retain the technology expertise for the Powerhouse shingle platform, and will leverage Dow Corning experience and expertise in solar market applications, cost structure and market outlook to identify valuable global photovoltaic market opportunities for these technologies.

How Much Do Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles Cost

Dow does not publish the price of each solar shingle. They are available through select roofers for NEW roof projects only. Based on news reports, the estimated cost for solar shingles and an energy converter box (see inverters) is from $15,000 to $20,000. That is for a for a 3kW PV system using about 300 solar shingles; It does NOT include labor and installation costs. The solar shingle price comes to at least $5 per watt, or more than double the cost of a traditional PV system. Compare this to low priced 3kW solar PV systems starting at $5,400. CONCLUSION: SOLAR PANELS COST 1/2 THE PRICE OF DOW POWERHOUSE SHINGLES.

Price Comparison of Solar Shingles to Solar Panels

For the price of Dow solar shingles to cut the monthly power bill in half, you can instead install solar panels to completely eliminate the monthly electric bill.

Rated System Watts 3kW 3kW
System Price $15,000 to $20,000 $5,400 to $7,800
Cost per Watt $5.00 to $7.00 $1.74 to $2.63
Reduction in Average Electric Bill
40% to 50% 40% to 50%
Operating Temperature Range Unknown -40 f to +185 f
# Pieces Required 312 shingles 12 solar panels
Roof Space Required 600 sq ft 210 sq ft
Expected Product Lifespan 10 years 40 years


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Dow Solar Powerhouse Shingle

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) unveiled its line of DOW POWERHOUSE, revolutionary photovoltaic solar cells in the form of shingles that can be integrated into NEW rooftops with standard asphalt shingle materials. As of 2013, Dow Powerhouse solar shingles are available in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Washington, D.C.

about Dow Powerhouse

Dow has found new ways to harness the sun's energy to power homes across the country. Homeowners, like you, can enjoy lower energy bills and decrease your global footprint. When you choose a solar panel from Dow, you'll enjoy the confidence in knowing that the product was built to last. The DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle makes it possible for your house to become a self-sustaining, electrical generator using the clean, renewable power of the sun. From now on, your roof is an active part of your home, generating the electricity you need to power your life.

The DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle is installed and performs just like a conventional shingle but with the added benefit of generating electricity to offset your electricity bills. These systems require the expertise of a POWERHOUSE Authorized Dealer to make sure installation is done safely and in a way that maximizes the functionality of the product. Need a new roof? Why not make it one that pays for itself? POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles are a complete solar solution. Dow offers a total package that makes it easy to create and monitor your electricity. It includes a custom designed solar array that fits the homeowners goals and complements the homes style; an inverter that converts the Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AC) to power the home; and a monitoring system that delivers real-time readouts showing how much energy your system is creating and how much your home is using. Made in the USA, POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles have the safety backing of Underwriters Laboratories (UL); are certified to withstand rain, hail and wind; and is backed by a 20 year warranty.

About NuvoSun

NuvoSun, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, is a second-generation manufacturer or thin-film photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules based on flexible Copper Indium Gallium di-Selenide (CIGS) technology and a low-cost proprietary manufacturing process. NuvoSun is an example of Dow investing in alternative energy technologies.

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