By mc solar (October 5, 2009)

Its being reported that Building Integrated Solar Photovoltaics is getting a push forward with Dow Chem putting out a line of solar rooftop shingles starting in 2010:

Dow Chemical said on Monday it would begin selling a new rooftop shingle next year that converts sunlight into electricity — and could generate $5 billion in revenue by 2015 for the company.
The new solar shingles can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingles, Dow said, and will be introduced in 2010 before a wider roll-out in 2011.
“We’re looking at this one product that could generate $5 billion in revenue by 2015 and $10 billion by 2020,” Jane Palmieri, managing director of Dow Solar Solutions, told Reuters in an interview.
The shingle will use thin-film cells of copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), a photovoltaic material that typically is more efficient at turning sunlight into electricity than traditional polysilicon cells.

This is pretty good news, although it clearly aint the “American Industry” responding to market forces, or even real time needs… FTA, it also mentions word of the handout that clearly helped stimulate them:

“Dow received $20 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to help develop its BIPV products.”

not to mention their stock went up almost 5% after the announcement. Still, its progress. Rooftop solar systems have been kind of limited to roofing tiles, which have lower solar conversion efficiency than solar panels, and are pretty dang expensive. You see them mostly on celebrities pads or mcmansions. Dow says theyre rooftop solar shingle will be almost 30% cheaper, and cut the installation time in half. All good news for photovoltaic price points.

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