GAF Energy, the sister firm of GAF, the biggest roofing and waterproofing firm in North America, will construct a 450,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Texas, to satisfy rising demand for its “world’s first” nailable solar shingle, the Timberline Solar Energy Shingle, which launched in January.
The new manufacturing unit, which can be GAF Energy’s second, will enhance the corporate’s capability by 500% and convey complete manufacturing of its solar shingle to 300 megawatts yearly. That will make GAF Energy the biggest solar roofing producer on this planet.
The Georgetown manufacturing unit, which can be north of Austin and is predicted to be up and operating subsequent 12 months, will create a whole lot of fresh energy manufacturing jobs. GAF Energy’s first manufacturing unit, in San Jose, California, was accomplished and started manufacturing in 2021.
Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy, mentioned:
We launched Timberline Solar as a result of we believed that extra shoppers would select solar if that they had a extra dependable, sturdy, and enticing choice. The market has confirmed our perception – now we’re turning that perception into actuality and constructing the way forward for clear energy right here within the US.
On January 6, a GAF Energy consultant instructed Electrek about the associated fee, effectivity, and specs of its Timberline Solar Energy Shingle. On price:
Timberline Solar is price aggressive with rack mounted methods and is extra inexpensive than different solar roofs. It’s about half the price of the Tesla Solar Roof.
The most inexpensive time to go solar is whenever you’re out there for a brand new roof, by turning two home enchancment initiatives into one. Plus, the solar helps pay for the roof by decreasing your month-to-month utility invoice.
GAF Energy president Martin DeBono says that changing a $15,000 roof (not together with solar) would most likely price $30,000 (earlier than subsidies) with Timberline solar.
GAF Energy’s roofing companions do the pricing instantly for the buyer and it relies upon quite a bit on the roof, shading, and quite a few different components.
The mono passivated emitter and rear cells (PERC) we use are, on common, 22.6% environment friendly. That’s going to be essentially the most dependable quantity in case you’re on the lookout for a quantity, on condition that our shingle know-how is forward of the curve on standardized effectivity testing (geared towards giant, inflexible panels).
Based on our inner assessments, GAF Energy’s customized diode structure permits for the system to outperform rack-mounted methods in real-world situations with out cumbersome extra electronics and the related additional labor. Lastly, the versatile shingle type issue permits GAF Energy to suit extra solar in areas the place a standard 5-by-3-foot panel merely won’t match, offering extra choices for purchasers unable to go solar earlier than.
A Timberline Solar Energy Shingle weighs 10.1 kilos (4.58 kg), and its dimensions are 64 1/4″ x 17 1/8″ x 1″ (1,632 x 435 x 26 mm). Allowed roof pitch is 2:12 or higher, and most set up altitude is 13,123 ft. (4,000 m). Average ambient temperature vary is -40F to 122F (-40C to 50C).
Wind classification is ASTM D3161 Class F – which means shingles handed wind testing at 110 mph. Regarding influence resistance, shingles are rated Class 1 by means of 4, with Class 4 shingles having the very best resistance. The energy shingle is rated UL 2218 Class 1.
Read extra: GAF Energy strikes its solar manufacturing from Asia to the US
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