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Reinventing the Roof for a New Generation of Homeowners with Solar Shingles

Reinventing the Roof for a New Generation of Homeowners with Solar ShinglesMIDLAND, Michigan

Dow Solar, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), is expanding the availability of DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles, an award-winning residential solar roofing system, in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

The DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle is designed to combine the benefits of solar technology with the durability and performance of traditional roofing materials. Dow chose to expand availability in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area because of the region’s higher electricity costs, strong interest in solar adoption, and the numerous solar incentives available to homeowners.

“We’re expanding the availability because of the strong demand for a practical, attractive residential solar solution,” said Dan Pezolt, Dow Solar Commercial Director.

Increasingly, homeowners understand what a smart investment our breakthrough POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles are, as they can reduce cost of homeownership by offsetting energy costs while also allowing homeowners to live more sustainably.

POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles are the latest innovation in energy efficient solutions by Dow and a breakthrough for homeowners who want a roof that pays for itself, generates additional income through energy savings, and increases overall home value. In the new construction market, mortgage financing may allow homebuyers to be cash-flow positive from the first year their POWERHOUSE system is installed. Unlike conventional roofing shingles, DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles can add value to the home by enabling homeowners to have their roofs work for them as a renewable, clean energy source that will save money on electric bills. Homeowners can visit to see their potential savings with POWERHOUSE.

Dow Solar has added POWERHOUSE availability through a premier Authorized Dealer, American Custom Contractors, serving Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

“We are excited to be able to bring this product to the Washington D.C. region,” says William Giakoumatos, President of American Custom Contractors.

DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles will offer our customers an affordable, environmentally-friendly, and practical roof shingle system. The innovative technology used allows the homeowner to decrease their energy costs while maintaining the aesthetics of their homes.

Made in the USA, and backed by a 20-year performance warranty, the DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle is a dual-functioning system that is certified as both a roofing and solar product and built to withstand rain, hail and wind. It is a complete turnkey package that includes a custom-designed system for each home, the inverter to convert DC to usable AC electricity, the utility interconnection so that credit is obtained for the electricity generated, and a web-based monitoring system that provides real-time system performance.

A complete listing of Authorized POWERHOUSE Dealers and communities can be found at


The DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle is a first-of-its kind solar roofing product, developed to combine the benefits of solar technology with the durability and performance of traditional roofing materials. It is designed to install, look and function in a way that has never been done before. POWERHOUSE is reinventing the roof with a new generation of homeowners looking for a smart, renewable way to power their homes without compromising the home’s aesthetics. Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) products from Dow Solar are one of the many innovations from Dow establishing the Company on the forefront of alternative energy solutions and expanding Dow’s commitment to using chemistry to solve the world’s energy challenges. The DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle was recently honored as a recipient of a 2012 Breakthrough Award by Popular Mechanics and a 2012 Gold Edison Award for Best New Product. In 2009 it was named one of the Best Inventions by Time magazine. More information about DOW POWERHOUSE can be found at Homeowners and building professionals can also follow DOW POWERHOUSE on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or via YouTube.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

Reinventing the Roof for a New Generation of Homeowners with Solar Shingles About Gordon Smith
Gordon’s expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.

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