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.