GAF Energy to start second solar shingle manufacturing plant in Texas

local news broadcasts report that GAF Energy will open a second production facility in Georgetown, Texas, for its solar clapboard product. The City Council has approved a development deal that will allow GAF Energy to construct a 450,000-square-foot building on I-35, just half an hour from downtown Austin.

GAF Energy says the new manufacturing site would create 265 jobs over five years in manufacturing, offices and R&D.

The company released a solar roof product in January 2022 and made the nailable Timberline Solar shingles from its 50 MW facility in San Jose, California. The California building is said to be 112,000 square feet in size.

The Timberline Solar clapboard measures approximately 64 by 17 inches, while the solar section (a row of 16 half-cut cells generating 45 W) measures 60 by 7.5 inches. That extra non-solar portion is TPO roofing and is nailed to a roof. GAF Energy calls on its 10,000 GAF roof dealers to install the solar product.

Earlier this year, Solar Energy World spoke with Reynolds Holmes, GAF Energy’s VP of services and product management, about the new product.

“You have to design and develop a great product at an accessible price, but you also have to build the infrastructure to scale this product,” he said. “What we’ve relied heavily on and made design decisions for, perhaps against the highest power, is to make sure it can be installed by this 10,000-strong network. In the end, if you have a great product that fits all needs, but there is no one to install it, you might as well not have a great product.”

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