GAF Energy will build a second nailable solar shingle plant in the United States

GAF Energy, the sister company of GAF, North America’s largest roofing and waterproofing company, will build a 450,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Texas to meet growing demand for its “prime the world’s nailable solar shingle, the Timberline Solar Energy Shingle, launched in January.

The new plant, which will be GAF Energy’s second, will increase the company’s capacity by 500% and bring total production of its solar shingles to 300 megawatts per year. This will make GAF Energy the largest producer of solar rooftops in the world.

The Georgetown plant, which will be north of Austin and expected to be operational next year, will create hundreds of clean energy manufacturing jobs. GAF Energy’s first plant, in San Jose, California, was completed and began production in 2021.

Martin DeBono, President of GAF Energy, said:

We started Timberline Solar because we believed more consumers would choose solar power if they had a more reliable, durable and attractive option. The market has confirmed our belief – now we are turning that belief into reality and building the future of clean energy here in the United States.

On January 6, a representative from GAF Energy said Electrek on the cost, effectiveness and specifications of its Timberline solar shingle. About cost:

Timberline Solar is competitive with rack-mounted systems and is more affordable than other solar roofs. That’s about half the cost of the Tesla Solar Roof.

The most affordable time to go solar is when you’re looking for a new roof, turning two home improvement projects into one. Plus, solar power helps pay for the roof by reducing your monthly electric bill.

GAF Energy President Martin DeBono said a $15,000 roof replacement (not including solar) would likely cost $30,000 (before subsidies) with Timberline solar.

GAF Energy’s roofing partners set the price directly to the consumer and a lot depends on the roof, shade and a number of other factors.

On efficiency:

The mono passivated emitter and rear (PERC) cells we use are, on average, 22.6% efficient. This will be the most reliable number if you’re looking for a number, given that our shingle technology is ahead of the curve in standardized efficiency tests (focused on large, rigid panels).

Based on our internal testing, GAF Energy’s custom diode layout allows the system to outperform rack-mounted systems under real-world conditions without bulky additional electronics and the associated additional labor. Finally, the shingles’ flexible form factor allows GAF Energy to install more solar power in areas where a traditional 5-foot by 3-foot panel simply won’t fit, providing more options for customers unable to use solar energy before.

A Timberline Solar Energy shingle weighs 10.1 pounds (4.58 kg) and its dimensions are 64 1/4″ x 17 1/8″ x 1″ (1,632 x 435 x 26 mm). The permitted roof pitch is 2:12 or more and the maximum installation altitude is 13,123 feet (4,000 m). The average ambient temperature range is -40 F to 122 F (-40 C to 50 C).

The wind classification is ASTM D3161 Class F – this means the shingles have passed wind tests at 110 mph. When it comes to impact resistance, shingles are rated from class 1 to 4, with class 4 shingles having the highest resistance. The energy shingle is UL 2218 Class 1 rated.

Read more: GAF Energy is moving its solar manufacturing from Asia to the United States

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