FAQ

Who manufactures POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingles?


RGS Energy is the exclusive domestic and international manufacturer for POWERHOUSETM, an innovative and visually stunning integrated Solar Shingle system based on technology developed by Dow already installed on over 1,000 homes. POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingles are designed and assembled in the USA.

What does BIPV mean?


BIPV stands for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics, or Solar Shingles.

Has POWERHOUSETM been installed before?


The first system was installed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2011 at a size of 4.6kW. Unlike the competition, our Solar Shingles have been in the marketplace and there are over 1,000 homes already installed with POWERHOUSETM. RGS Energy is the exclusive manufacturer and service provider for the POWERHOUSETM systems produced and installed by The Dow Chemical Company.

What are the details of the POWERHOUSETM warranty?


The RGS POWERHOUSETM 3.0 Solar Shingle is similar in construction to regular asphalt shingles. POWERHOUSETM 3.0 Solar Shingles come with an 11-year product warranty, which is the standard product warranty of most traditional solar panels today, a 24-year power production warranty, and a 20-year weatherization warranty as a building product.

Are POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingles eligible for incentives and subsidies?


Yes, POWERHOUSETM 3.0 qualifies for the same 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit in all 50 states. Local utilities may also offer additional solar power incentives.

How much does a POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingle system cost?


Though the price of a system is based on the estimated roof square footage for the home and the portion of the roof that will be covered with POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingles and system size varies with roof size and location, we’ve found that a re-roof with POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingles is typically comparable or more cost effective than re-roofing to standard composite shingle and then installing a traditional rack and mount solar system. The system costs include materials, installation, and the removal of the existing roof. Taxes and permit fees may also be included in costs.

When will POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingles be available in my state?


POWERHOUSETM 3.0 systems are currently available in 42 states, with plans to make them available nationwide before the end of the year. We currently have the POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingles in production and ready to ship. If we aren’t currently available in your state, feel free to encourage a trusted local roofer or solar installer to contact us, as we’d be happy to work with them to offer POWERHOUSETM in your area.

How does POWERHOUSETM 3.0 compare to other Solar Shingles?


Our Solar Shingle solution is more cost-effective, priced competitively for all reroofing budgets, and provides first tier solar efficiencies. Unlike most competitors in this market, POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingles have been installed on over 1,000 homes.

What makes now the right time for RGS Energy to offer Solar Shingles?


New technology innovation takes place every day and our customers are looking for newer ways to become environmentally responsible. The POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingle has 12 current patents and more than 25 patents pending on its technology. We can now offer a solution to homeowners who need to re-roof, whereas previously we had stricter criteria when offering a traditional solar panel system. A homeowner can now get a new roof and a solar power generating system in one integrated solution – a total roofing solution.

Why RGS Energy?


RGS Energy was previously selected by the Dow Chemical Company to be the official warranty service provider for Dow POWERHOUSETM systems. Our extensive 40 years of solar knowledge and experience, our involvement with servicing the Solar Shingle systems, and our company mission make us the perfect choice to continue providing this energy solution.

How durable are POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingles?


The POWERHOUSETM 3.0 Solar Shingle is built to withstand winds from 110 to 200 mph. POWERHOUSETM has previously earned certifications for performance and safety, offering an exceptional level of quality and durability.