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Nailed It: Solar Shingles

This new roofing product can take the heat

As 2022 brings the heat (why is it 86 and humid in Chicago today, when it was 38 degrees a few days ago?!), so does the world of solar energy. As we know, solar innovations—from "spray-on" novelties to water resistant ideas—never seem to stop.

Earlier this year, a claim for the world's first "nailable" solar shingle, which can be installed like a traditional roof, was staked. Electrek profiled the product when it was released in January, and manufacturer GAF Energy has new developments.

"Timberline Solar is made up of shingles, not panels or heavy tiles. These shingles are water-shedding, strong and warranted to withstand winds up to 130 mph. Rack-mounted solar installations—where the solar is separate from the roof–require the drilling of dozens of holes into the roof membrane. Any resulting damage related to those holes is not typically covered by roof warranties."

In other solar industry news, an update on the Auxin Solar petition, as its CEO appeared on the first episode of Renewable Energy World's latest podcast. The San Jose panel manufacturer filed a lawsuit back in February alleging that certain Chinese-made solar panels were assembled in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia before being shipped to the U.S.

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