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Dow Chemical picked Midland, Michigan to be their home base for their new solar shingles. The new factory will give the local area more than 1500 new jobs. Great news for a state that has been hit hard by the auto industry’s collapse.
This is another example on how converting our national grid and technology helps improve not just the environment but the economy and people quality of life.
Dow Chemical new solar shingles ( read our solar shingles article for more info) is a leap forward from previous solar shingles. They can be easily integrated with standard asphalt shingles bringing the down the cost of adding solar shingles greatly.
Dow Chemicals new shingles should start rolling out mid 2010 and have a full release by 2011.
Great news for Michigan and great news for the environment.
The Advantages of Solar Roofing
Solar energy is simply the light produced by the sun. Sun produces radiant energy through the nuclear fusion process where small atoms join to form a larger one. In term of how sun light is converted into useful energy, there are passive and active solar energy. Passive solar energy is when you do not use mechanical devices or accessories to utilize sun light. For example: building eco-friendly house with strategic window and ventilation positioning so that there are optimal lighting and air into the house. Active solar energy is when you use devices or accessories to make use the sun into useful energy such as to heat water, room, and to provide energy for other electricity appliances. Solar roofing is one of the methods to collect and store sun light so that they can function as power generator to replace electricity use. Solar roof, which is made of photovoltaic materials, can be applied on both flat and pitched roof.
More new houses are built with solar roofing over time, while old houses are starting to make adjustment. Solar roof is actually a wise decision for homeowners because they look good and can save you considerably in electricity bills in long term. In wider perspective, solar roof contributes a lot to keep the Earth a healthy place to live. These two make up the best advantages of solar roofing compared to the traditional ones. Solar roof also last for a long time. In some developed countries, even governments provide incentives for homeowners who decide to install solar roofing instead of the traditional roof. The advantages are contagion if you look carefully.
Solar roof provides renewable energy resource to replace the electricity use in your home. They generate electricity when the sun is up so that you can use for heating, cooling, lighting, and other electricity purposes. The best contribution has been to environment. Non-renewable energy resources are saved, less carbon dioxide is released, and we have a better living. And even though the initial cost of installing solar roofing system is substantial, they have productive life of about 50 years. Imagine the amount you can save on electricity and environment over the years. It requires some investment, but you and the Earth will save a lot during the years.