President Mentions Solar Shingles In Address, What Are They?

January 26, 2011 |  by  |  Breaking News, Lifestyle
(3 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his second State of the Union Address and spoke at length about jobs and the economy. He also focused on green energy and one item he mentioned has sparked the curiosity of many Americans–solar shingles.

What’s so great about solar shingles and how do they work? Read on…

President Obama stressed the importance of research and development within the realm of clean energy and referred to it as “our generation’s Sputnik moment.” He then mentioned two pioneers in the green energy field, Gary and Robert Allen, the CEO and the president of Luma Resources and said:

Already, we are seeing the promise of renewable energy. Robert and Gary Allen are brothers who run a small Michigan roofing company. After September 11th, they volunteered their best roofers to help repair the Pentagon. But half of their factory went unused, and the recession hit them hard…Today, with the help of a government loan, that empty space is being used to manufacture solar shingles that are being sold all across the country.

The mention of Luma Resources and solar shingles piqued many Americans’ curiosity and sent them to Google for answers.

What are solar shingles?

The IB Times tells us, “Solar Shingles are solar cells and are also referred to photovoltaic shingles. Solar Shingles were first made available in 2005. In 2009, this solar energy apparatus gained media attention when the Dow Chemical Company estimated that their entry into the solar shingle market would generate $5 billion in revenue by 2015 and $10 billion by 2020.”

What makes solar shingles better than other “green” options?

In a nutshell, solar shingles are more cost-effective than other clean energy options and are easier to install. They also resemble regular asphalt shingles and aren’t an eyesore like cumbersome solar panels.


recommended for you


  1. Here in AZ I think these would work great. Maybe we would get rid of our $400 electric bills during the blazing summers!!

  2. Thanks for finally talking about >President Mentions Solar Shingles In Address,
    What Are They? | The Wire | Blog <Loved it!

  3. This design is steller! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained.

    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost.

    ..HaHa!) Great job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented
    it. Too cool!

  4. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
    It’s the little changes that will make the biggest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

  5. I’m curious to find out what blog platform you’re using?
    I’m experiencing some small security problems with my latest blog and I’d like to find something more safe.
    Do you have any recommendations?

  6. Great beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site,
    how can i subscribe for a blog web site? The account aided me
    a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of
    this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  7. Spot on with this write-up, I actually believe this web site needs a lot more attention.

    I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!

Leave a Reply