The new plant, which will be GAF Energy’s second, will increase the company’s capacity by 500% and raise the total solar panel production to 300 MW per year. This will make GAF Energy the largest producer of solar roofs in the world.
The Georgetown plant, which will be north of Austin and is 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 production began in 2021.
Martin Debono, President of GAF Energy, said:
We launched Timberline Solar because we thought more consumers would choose solar if they had a more reliable, durable and attractive option. The market has confirmed our belief – we are now turning that belief into reality and building a clean energy future here in the United States.
On January 6, a representative of GAF Energy said Electric About the cost, efficiency, and specifications of the Timberline Solar Energy Shingle. at cost:
Timberline Solar is cost competitive with rack-mounted systems and more affordable than other rooftop solar. It’s about half the cost of a Tesla solar roof.
The most expensive time to get solar is when you’re in the market for a new roof, by turning two home improvement projects into one. Additionally, solar energy helps pay for the roof by reducing your monthly utility bill.
Replacing the $15,000 cap (not including solar) will likely cost $30,000 (before subsidies) with Timberline solar, says Martin Debono, president of GAF Energy.
GAF Energy’s roofing partners price direct to the consumer and it depends a lot on roofing, shading, and a number of other factors.
The single-emitter passivation and back-cell (PERC) we use are, on average, 22.6% effective. This would be the most reliable number if you were looking for a number, as our laminate technology is ahead of the curve in the standard proficiency test (oriented towards large, solid board).
Based on our internal testing, GAF Energy’s custom diode layout allows the system to outperform rack-mounted systems in real-world conditions without bulky additional electronics and the additional labor involved. Finally, a flexible timber form factor allows GAF Energy to fit more solar power in areas where traditional 5 x 3-foot panels wouldn’t fit, providing more options for customers unable to use solar before.
The Timberline solar panel weighs 10.1 lb (4.58 kg), and its dimensions are 64 1/4 x 17 1/8″ x 1 (1,632 x 435 x 26 mm). The permissible ceiling distance is 2:12 or more, and the maximum installation height is 13,123 feet (4,000 meters). The average ambient temperature range is -40°F to 122°F (-40°C to 50°C).
The wind rating is ASTM D3161 Class F – meaning the shingles have passed the 110 mph wind test. In terms of impact resistance, shingles are rated Class 1 through 4, with Class 4 shingles having the highest resistance. The power panel is rated UL 2218 Class 1.
Read more: GAF Energy moves solar manufacturing from Asia to the US
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