(12/04/12) - A new type of shingle that can be placed on a roof and work as an electricity generator was developed here in Michigan, but was not available to Michigan residents - until now.
Dow Solar has announced it's expanding the availability of the Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle to 10 states in all - including the state where product is being produced.
It already has its first customer in Michigan.
"I wanted the Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles," said Dow Solar Vice President Jane Palmieri.
Palmieri has been waiting like everyone else in the state to get an opportunity to place the solar shingles on her roof, and they were installed on Monday.
"Instead of writing a check for just an asphalt shingle roof, you can write a bigger check, but you get a roof that is working for you, and over time you will get that money back," she said.
This array cost $29,000. An average sized array costs between $10-15,000, but Palmieri believes she will make up for the extra cost from the savings on her electric bill.
"Somewhere between $60 and $100 a month," she said.
She says you can monitor the electricity that is running in and out of the house.
"When you are producing, when you are selling back to the grid, and when you are actually consuming," she said.
Cobblestone Homes is putting the solar shingles on its newly built homes. The solar shingle project has produced 200 jobs in the Midland area, but 1,000 more could be added over the next few years if the product sells.
"1,275, that is still the journey that we are on," Palmieri said.
Neighbor Kim Meyer says now that he has seen the power-generating shingles on a roof, he will think of going solar when he has to replace his roof.
"To see it happen in the neighborhood, to see it on the roof, I think it blends in perfectly, it's almost invisible," he said.
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