V shingles, also known as photovoltaic tiles, combine aesthetics with renewable energy by integrating photovoltaic cells into roofing materials. These solutions offer a visually appealing and accessible way for residential homeowners to generate renewable power. Unlike traditional photovoltaic panels, which are mounted separately on a roof, PV tiles seamlessly blend with the roof while converting sunlight into usable electricity.
Discover the Trailblazer Behind PV Shingles
Among the early pioneers in this technology development in the 2000s was the Dow Chemical Company, who introduced their own product called Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles in 2011. They were among the first to bring this innovative solution to the market, combining energy production and roofing protection in a sleek, unified product. Unfortunately, the manufacturer discontinued the production of Dow Solar Shingles in 2016 as part of a company-wide restructuring.
After the Dow Solar line was discontinued, RGS Energy, a major installation company, stepped in with an exclusive licensing agreement to manufacture the Dow Powerhouse tiles. However, RGS faced financial difficulties and ultimately filed for bankruptcy, leading to another halt in Dow Powerhouse production.
Powerhouse Shingled Solar Panel: The Reincarnated Hit
The renowned Dow solar product made a triumphant comeback in 2023 as Revere Plastics Systems, a leading plastic injection molding company, reintroduced the Powerhouse™ In-Roof Shingle 3.0. These revamped Dow Powerhouse shingles are now manufactured by Revere Plastics Systems and distributed through Plan A Solar. Solar panels work efficiently in winter, converting sunlight into electricity even in cold climates, powering homes sustainably.
With the Powerhouse tiles installed alongside asphalt tiles by Plan A company, homeowners can enjoy a seamless process without the need for an additional company or extra costs for panel purchase and installation. Plan A offers comprehensive installation services and warranty support, providing an all-in-one solution.
Moreover, the reimagined Dow solar shingles not only generate clean energy but also offer the same level of protection as traditional asphalt materials. These PV tiles come with warranties for power production, weatherization, and parts and boast 15 certifications for performance and safety.