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  • Ralph Parrott
    Monday, April 30, 2012 MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The DOWT POWERHOUSET Solar Shingle was awarded Gold for Best New Product by the
    Message 1 of 5 , Apr 30 6:28 PM
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      Monday, April 30, 2012


      MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle was awarded Gold for Best New Product by the internationally-renowned 2012 Edison Awards™. Made in the USA and backed by a 20 year warranty from The Dow Chemical Company, the POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle is a revolutionary new roofing solution that combines the performance and protection of a conventional asphalt roof with an integrated photovoltaic system that powers the home and saves the homeowner money. It is designed to install, look and function in a way that has never been done before, and has received seven performance and safety certifications ensuring its performance as both a roofing and solar product.

      The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by approximately 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle’s success in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact. The Panel includes members of the prestigious Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), which has been partnered with the Edison Awards since 2009.

      Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were announced April 26, 2012 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic ballroom of New York’s famed Capitale.

      “More than any other year, this year's slate of award winners demonstrate the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus and market awareness,” said Tom Stat, Chairman of the Edison Awards’ Steering Committee. “It’s exciting to see companies like The Dow Chemical Company continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking.”

      “Thomas Edison was a strong proponent of solar power, and in 1931 he said— ‘I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!’” said Dan Pezolt, Dow Solar Marketing Director. “We certainly agree with Mr. Edison, and are honored that our POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles won Gold for Best New Product with an award that bears his name.”

      Dow Solar has announced product availability for homeowners in Colorado, northern California and central Texas through their authorized dealer network and with DR Horton’s Spring Mesa Community in Arvada, Colorado. Additional markets will be opened later in 2012 as more product becomes available.

      The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, USA Today, CSRware, and applepeak. For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com, and about DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles visit www.dowsolar.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/DowSolar),Twitter (@DowSolar) and via YouTube.

      About Dow

      Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

       

       

      Ralph Parrott

      Founder and Vice President of Business Development

      Alternative Power Solutions

      15150 Sommermeyer

      Houston, Texas  77041 - *New*

      O. 713-595-6375

      F. 713-595-6382

      C. 281-455-9083

      www.apowersolutions.com

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    • Robert Johnston
      As a recent Dow retiree, I ve followed this product with interest. I still have some skepticism, frankly. I m curious how the professional installers in HREG
      Message 2 of 5 , May 1, 2012
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        As a recent Dow retiree, I’ve followed this product with interest.  I still have some skepticism, frankly.  I’m curious how the professional installers in HREG think about it.  Do you think roofers can safely install a solar system?  Do you think the design is robust enough to avoid shorts and electrical problems (fires?)?  Do you think there is an significant value-added (saved) by having it on roofing shingles rather than as separate modules?  Are any of you getting trained as installers/distributors for these?  What is the general take of those in the industry, “in the know”?  Dow is a major corporate force, but it is new to this business, and size sometimes only means bigger and more expensive mistakes.  What do you think?


        Robert

         

        From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ralph Parrott
        Sent: Monday, April 30, 2012 8:29 PM
        To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [hreg] DOWT POWERHOUSET Solar Singles Awarded Gold for Best New Product by Edison Awards

         

         

        Monday, April 30, 2012


        MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle was awarded Gold for Best New Product by the internationally-renowned 2012 Edison Awards™. Made in the USA and backed by a 20 year warranty from The Dow Chemical Company, the POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle is a revolutionary new roofing solution that combines the performance and protection of a conventional asphalt roof with an integrated photovoltaic system that powers the home and saves the homeowner money. It is designed to install, look and function in a way that has never been done before, and has received seven performance and safety certifications ensuring its performance as both a roofing and solar product.

        The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by approximately 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle’s success in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact. The Panel includes members of the prestigious Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), which has been partnered with the Edison Awards since 2009.

        Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were announced April 26, 2012 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic ballroom of New York’s famed Capitale.

        “More than any other year, this year's slate of award winners demonstrate the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus and market awareness,” said Tom Stat, Chairman of the Edison Awards’ Steering Committee. “It’s exciting to see companies like The Dow Chemical Company continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking.”

        “Thomas Edison was a strong proponent of solar power, and in 1931 he said— ‘I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!’” said Dan Pezolt, Dow Solar Marketing Director. “We certainly agree with Mr. Edison, and are honored that our POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles won Gold for Best New Product with an award that bears his name.”

        Dow Solar has announced product availability for homeowners in Colorado, northern California and central Texas through their authorized dealer network and with DR Horton’s Spring Mesa Community in Arvada, Colorado. Additional markets will be opened later in 2012 as more product becomes available.

        The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, USA Today, CSRware, and applepeak. For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com, and about DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles visit www.dowsolar.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/DowSolar),Twitter (@DowSolar) and via YouTube.

        About Dow

        Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

         

         

        Ralph Parrott

        Founder and Vice President of Business Development

        Alternative Power Solutions

        15150 Sommermeyer

        Houston, Texas  77041 - *New*

        O. 713-595-6375

        F. 713-595-6382

        C. 281-455-9083

        www.apowersolutions.com

        NEW APS Logo.jpg

         

         

        President

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        IMPORTANT NOTICE: This transmission (including all attached pages) is intended only for the use of the named address(es), and may contain information that is privileged or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not a named addressee, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distributing or copying of this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please destroy all copies and notify us immediately at this telephone number: (713) 595-6375. Thank you!

         

      • Jim Duncan
        BIPV technology has always been more expensive than Csi modules for the simple reason that the energy density, Watts per square meter, is lower for BIPV. And
        Message 3 of 5 , May 1, 2012
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          BIPV technology has always been more expensive than Csi modules for the simple reason that the energy density, Watts per square meter, is lower for BIPV. And only a company with the financial resources like Dow has can afford to test  a brand new product, though “old” technology, in a market at the same time that the solar industry growth is flat. But it’s not all about the money.

          The homeowners were impressed about the proprietary energy production monitoring device that showed real-time power generated but that’s standard for most any PV systems.

          As for the installation process, it may be a long time before any real NABCEP certified PV companies get to try out the product since Dow apparently only works thru established roofing contractors [none of which on their referenced Texas list were NABCEP certified].

          Dows warranty said nothing about the PV only about the requirement of a water resistant barrier [WRB] and the appropriateness of their own line of WRB.

          One roofer made the claim that “….POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles raise the value of your home, they will significantly reduce your existing energy bills. Before long, your new solar solution will pay for itself.” I don’t know of many reputable PV installer companies that still make those unverifiable claims. This BIPV product is most likely being pushed at homeowners that are already looking at a new roof and not necessarily looking for solar.

          The electrical installation in the attic didn’t appear to be code compliant since they were using flexible metallic conduit across the lower edges of rafters and against the decking, a no-no in the 2011 NEC. [690.31(E)] The electric contractor didn’t display any reference to NABCEP certification but did kiss up a little to Dow.

          After watching the one install video closer it appears that the PV shingles are molded black plastic with a clear polycarbonate (?) sheet over Csi cells. The closeup was too brief to tell for certain.

          And for what it’s worth:

          The highly touted Edison Award has gone to a lot of other big big companies: MCI, Campbell Soup, Ford Motor Company, Sears Roebuck, Amway, Nabisco, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble… You get the picture, Dow Chemical fits right in.

          Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets was another winner, a tough competitor for a mere solar shingle.

          My 2¢

           

          Jim Duncan

          North Texas renewable Energy

          www.ntrei.com

          NABCEP PV 031310-57

          TECL-27398

          ntrei@...

          817.917.0527

           

           

           

           

           

          From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Robert Johnston
          Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 7:19 AM
          To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: RE: [hreg] DOWT POWERHOUSET Solar Singles Awarded Gold for Best New Product by Edison Awards

           

           

          As a recent Dow retiree, I’ve followed this product with interest.  I still have some skepticism, frankly.  I’m curious how the professional installers in HREG think about it.  Do you think roofers can safely install a solar system?  Do you think the design is robust enough to avoid shorts and electrical problems (fires?)?  Do you think there is an significant value-added (saved) by having it on roofing shingles rather than as separate modules?  Are any of you getting trained as installers/distributors for these?  What is the general take of those in the industry, “in the know”?  Dow is a major corporate force, but it is new to this business, and size sometimes only means bigger and more expensive mistakes.  What do you think?


          Robert

           

          From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ralph Parrott
          Sent: Monday, April 30, 2012 8:29 PM
          To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [hreg] DOWT POWERHOUSET Solar Singles Awarded Gold for Best New Product by Edison Awards

           

           

          Monday, April 30, 2012


          MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle was awarded Gold for Best New Product by the internationally-renowned 2012 Edison Awards™. Made in the USA and backed by a 20 year warranty from The Dow Chemical Company, the POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle is a revolutionary new roofing solution that combines the performance and protection of a conventional asphalt roof with an integrated photovoltaic system that powers the home and saves the homeowner money. It is designed to install, look and function in a way that has never been done before, and has received seven performance and safety certifications ensuring its performance as both a roofing and solar product.

          The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by approximately 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle’s success in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact. The Panel includes members of the prestigious Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), which has been partnered with the Edison Awards since 2009.

          Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were announced April 26, 2012 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic ballroom of New York’s famed Capitale.

          “More than any other year, this year's slate of award winners demonstrate the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus and market awareness,” said Tom Stat, Chairman of the Edison Awards’ Steering Committee. “It’s exciting to see companies like The Dow Chemical Company continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking.”

          “Thomas Edison was a strong proponent of solar power, and in 1931 he said— ‘I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!’” said Dan Pezolt, Dow Solar Marketing Director. “We certainly agree with Mr. Edison, and are honored that our POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles won Gold for Best New Product with an award that bears his name.”

          Dow Solar has announced product availability for homeowners in Colorado, northern California and central Texas through their authorized dealer network and with DR Horton’s Spring Mesa Community in Arvada, Colorado. Additional markets will be opened later in 2012 as more product becomes available.

          The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, USA Today, CSRware, and applepeak. For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com, and about DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles visit www.dowsolar.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/DowSolar),Twitter (@DowSolar) and via YouTube.

          About Dow

          Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

           

           

          Ralph Parrott

          Founder and Vice President of Business Development

          Alternative Power Solutions

          15150 Sommermeyer

          Houston, Texas  77041 - *New*

          O. 713-595-6375

          F. 713-595-6382

          C. 281-455-9083

          www.apowersolutions.com

          NEW APS Logo.jpg

           

           

          President

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          http://www.txses.org/hreg

           

          IMPORTANT NOTICE: This transmission (including all attached pages) is intended only for the use of the named address(es), and may contain information that is privileged or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not a named addressee, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distributing or copying of this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please destroy all copies and notify us immediately at this telephone number: (713) 595-6375. Thank you!

           

        • Andrew McCalla
          Those laundry sheets are the bomb! From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim Duncan Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 11:28 AM To:
          Message 4 of 5 , May 1, 2012
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            Those laundry sheets are the bomb!

             

            From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim Duncan
            Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 11:28 AM
            To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: RE: [hreg] DOWT POWERHOUSET Solar Singles Awarded Gold for Best New Product by Edison Awards

             

             

            BIPV technology has always been more expensive than Csi modules for the simple reason that the energy density, Watts per square meter, is lower for BIPV. And only a company with the financial resources like Dow has can afford to test  a brand new product, though “old” technology, in a market at the same time that the solar industry growth is flat. But it’s not all about the money.

            The homeowners were impressed about the proprietary energy production monitoring device that showed real-time power generated but that’s standard for most any PV systems.

            As for the installation process, it may be a long time before any real NABCEP certified PV companies get to try out the product since Dow apparently only works thru established roofing contractors [none of which on their referenced Texas list were NABCEP certified].

            Dows warranty said nothing about the PV only about the requirement of a water resistant barrier [WRB] and the appropriateness of their own line of WRB.

            One roofer made the claim that “….POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles raise the value of your home, they will significantly reduce your existing energy bills. Before long, your new solar solution will pay for itself.” I don’t know of many reputable PV installer companies that still make those unverifiable claims. This BIPV product is most likely being pushed at homeowners that are already looking at a new roof and not necessarily looking for solar.

            The electrical installation in the attic didn’t appear to be code compliant since they were using flexible metallic conduit across the lower edges of rafters and against the decking, a no-no in the 2011 NEC. [690.31(E)] The electric contractor didn’t display any reference to NABCEP certification but did kiss up a little to Dow.

            After watching the one install video closer it appears that the PV shingles are molded black plastic with a clear polycarbonate (?) sheet over Csi cells. The closeup was too brief to tell for certain.

            And for what it’s worth:

            The highly touted Edison Award has gone to a lot of other big big companies: MCI, Campbell Soup, Ford Motor Company, Sears Roebuck, Amway, Nabisco, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble… You get the picture, Dow Chemical fits right in.

            Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets was another winner, a tough competitor for a mere solar shingle.

            My 2¢

             

            Jim Duncan

            North Texas renewable Energy

            www.ntrei.com

            NABCEP PV 031310-57

            TECL-27398

            ntrei@...

            817.917.0527

             

             

             

             

             

            From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Robert Johnston
            Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 7:19 AM
            To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: RE: [hreg] DOWT POWERHOUSET Solar Singles Awarded Gold for Best New Product by Edison Awards

             

             

            As a recent Dow retiree, I’ve followed this product with interest.  I still have some skepticism, frankly.  I’m curious how the professional installers in HREG think about it.  Do you think roofers can safely install a solar system?  Do you think the design is robust enough to avoid shorts and electrical problems (fires?)?  Do you think there is an significant value-added (saved) by having it on roofing shingles rather than as separate modules?  Are any of you getting trained as installers/distributors for these?  What is the general take of those in the industry, “in the know”?  Dow is a major corporate force, but it is new to this business, and size sometimes only means bigger and more expensive mistakes.  What do you think?


            Robert

             

            From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ralph Parrott
            Sent: Monday, April 30, 2012 8:29 PM
            To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [hreg] DOWT POWERHOUSET Solar Singles Awarded Gold for Best New Product by Edison Awards

             

             

            Monday, April 30, 2012


            MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle was awarded Gold for Best New Product by the internationally-renowned 2012 Edison Awards™. Made in the USA and backed by a 20 year warranty from The Dow Chemical Company, the POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle is a revolutionary new roofing solution that combines the performance and protection of a conventional asphalt roof with an integrated photovoltaic system that powers the home and saves the homeowner money. It is designed to install, look and function in a way that has never been done before, and has received seven performance and safety certifications ensuring its performance as both a roofing and solar product.

            The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by approximately 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle’s success in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact. The Panel includes members of the prestigious Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), which has been partnered with the Edison Awards since 2009.

            Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were announced April 26, 2012 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic ballroom of New York’s famed Capitale.

            “More than any other year, this year's slate of award winners demonstrate the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus and market awareness,” said Tom Stat, Chairman of the Edison Awards’ Steering Committee. “It’s exciting to see companies like The Dow Chemical Company continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking.”

            “Thomas Edison was a strong proponent of solar power, and in 1931 he said— ‘I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!’” said Dan Pezolt, Dow Solar Marketing Director. “We certainly agree with Mr. Edison, and are honored that our POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles won Gold for Best New Product with an award that bears his name.”

            Dow Solar has announced product availability for homeowners in Colorado, northern California and central Texas through their authorized dealer network and with DR Horton’s Spring Mesa Community in Arvada, Colorado. Additional markets will be opened later in 2012 as more product becomes available.

            The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, USA Today, CSRware, and applepeak. For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com, and about DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles visit www.dowsolar.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/DowSolar),Twitter (@DowSolar) and via YouTube.

            About Dow

            Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

             

             

            Ralph Parrott

            Founder and Vice President of Business Development

            Alternative Power Solutions

            15150 Sommermeyer

            Houston, Texas  77041 - *New*

            O. 713-595-6375

            F. 713-595-6382

            C. 281-455-9083

            www.apowersolutions.com

            NEW APS Logo.jpg

             

             

            President

            cid:image005.jpg@01CCCB84.4804D6A0

            http://www.txses.org/hreg

             

            IMPORTANT NOTICE: This transmission (including all attached pages) is intended only for the use of the named address(es), and may contain information that is privileged or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not a named addressee, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distributing or copying of this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please destroy all copies and notify us immediately at this telephone number: (713) 595-6375. Thank you!

             

          • Robert Johnston
            Jim, thanks for the feedback! Dow got a new technology v.p. from GE a few years back, and he kicked off this program. I suspect his job is riding on its
            Message 5 of 5 , May 4, 2012
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              Jim, thanks for the feedback! 

              Dow got a new technology v.p. from GE a few years back, and he kicked off this program.  I suspect his job is riding on its success.  So it is a “spare no expense” program in Dow.  If it doesn’t deliver, I expect he’ll parachute out (which a very nice parachute!).


              Robert

               

               

              From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim Duncan
              Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 11:28 AM
              To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: RE: [hreg] DOWT POWERHOUSET Solar Singles Awarded Gold for Best New Product by Edison Awards

               

               

              BIPV technology has always been more expensive than Csi modules for the simple reason that the energy density, Watts per square meter, is lower for BIPV. And only a company with the financial resources like Dow has can afford to test  a brand new product, though “old” technology, in a market at the same time that the solar industry growth is flat. But it’s not all about the money.

              The homeowners were impressed about the proprietary energy production monitoring device that showed real-time power generated but that’s standard for most any PV systems.

              As for the installation process, it may be a long time before any real NABCEP certified PV companies get to try out the product since Dow apparently only works thru established roofing contractors [none of which on their referenced Texas list were NABCEP certified].

              Dows warranty said nothing about the PV only about the requirement of a water resistant barrier [WRB] and the appropriateness of their own line of WRB.

              One roofer made the claim that “….POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles raise the value of your home, they will significantly reduce your existing energy bills. Before long, your new solar solution will pay for itself.” I don’t know of many reputable PV installer companies that still make those unverifiable claims. This BIPV product is most likely being pushed at homeowners that are already looking at a new roof and not necessarily looking for solar.

              The electrical installation in the attic didn’t appear to be code compliant since they were using flexible metallic conduit across the lower edges of rafters and against the decking, a no-no in the 2011 NEC. [690.31(E)] The electric contractor didn’t display any reference to NABCEP certification but did kiss up a little to Dow.

              After watching the one install video closer it appears that the PV shingles are molded black plastic with a clear polycarbonate (?) sheet over Csi cells. The closeup was too brief to tell for certain.

              And for what it’s worth:

              The highly touted Edison Award has gone to a lot of other big big companies: MCI, Campbell Soup, Ford Motor Company, Sears Roebuck, Amway, Nabisco, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble… You get the picture, Dow Chemical fits right in.

              Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets was another winner, a tough competitor for a mere solar shingle.

              My 2¢

               

              Jim Duncan

              North Texas renewable Energy

              www.ntrei.com

              NABCEP PV 031310-57

              TECL-27398

              ntrei@...

              817.917.0527

               

               

               

               

               

              From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Robert Johnston
              Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 7:19 AM
              To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: RE: [hreg] DOWT POWERHOUSET Solar Singles Awarded Gold for Best New Product by Edison Awards

               

               

              As a recent Dow retiree, I’ve followed this product with interest.  I still have some skepticism, frankly.  I’m curious how the professional installers in HREG think about it.  Do you think roofers can safely install a solar system?  Do you think the design is robust enough to avoid shorts and electrical problems (fires?)?  Do you think there is an significant value-added (saved) by having it on roofing shingles rather than as separate modules?  Are any of you getting trained as installers/distributors for these?  What is the general take of those in the industry, “in the know”?  Dow is a major corporate force, but it is new to this business, and size sometimes only means bigger and more expensive mistakes.  What do you think?


              Robert

               

              From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ralph Parrott
              Sent: Monday, April 30, 2012 8:29 PM
              To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: [hreg] DOWT POWERHOUSET Solar Singles Awarded Gold for Best New Product by Edison Awards

               

               

              Monday, April 30, 2012


              MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle was awarded Gold for Best New Product by the internationally-renowned 2012 Edison Awards™. Made in the USA and backed by a 20 year warranty from The Dow Chemical Company, the POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle is a revolutionary new roofing solution that combines the performance and protection of a conventional asphalt roof with an integrated photovoltaic system that powers the home and saves the homeowner money. It is designed to install, look and function in a way that has never been done before, and has received seven performance and safety certifications ensuring its performance as both a roofing and solar product.

              The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by approximately 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle’s success in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact. The Panel includes members of the prestigious Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), which has been partnered with the Edison Awards since 2009.

              Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were announced April 26, 2012 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic ballroom of New York’s famed Capitale.

              “More than any other year, this year's slate of award winners demonstrate the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus and market awareness,” said Tom Stat, Chairman of the Edison Awards’ Steering Committee. “It’s exciting to see companies like The Dow Chemical Company continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking.”

              “Thomas Edison was a strong proponent of solar power, and in 1931 he said— ‘I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!’” said Dan Pezolt, Dow Solar Marketing Director. “We certainly agree with Mr. Edison, and are honored that our POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles won Gold for Best New Product with an award that bears his name.”

              Dow Solar has announced product availability for homeowners in Colorado, northern California and central Texas through their authorized dealer network and with DR Horton’s Spring Mesa Community in Arvada, Colorado. Additional markets will be opened later in 2012 as more product becomes available.

              The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, USA Today, CSRware, and applepeak. For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com, and about DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles visit www.dowsolar.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/DowSolar),Twitter (@DowSolar) and via YouTube.

              About Dow

              Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

               

               

              Ralph Parrott

              Founder and Vice President of Business Development

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