Solar news: March 22nd, 2019

In this week’s Solar News Roundup, one of the world’s largest roofing companies begins offering its own “solar roof,” and FPL proposes the country’s largest community solar program.

Standard Industries Inc. begins offering its own “solar roof”

Standard Industries, one of the largest roofing companies in the world, has begun to offer a solar roof product seemingly in direct competition with the much-talked-about Tesla Solar Roof. According to Martin DeBono, president of the company’s GAF Energy division, Standard Industries has received 200 orders for the product so far and expects to ship 2,000 orders in 2019.

As opposed to Tesla’s solar shingle product, GAF Energy’s solution isn’t a customizable, made-to-order product. Rather, it’s a one-size-fits-all option ready to be installed out of the box. DeBono spoke about the mindset of GAF Energy getting into this new line of work: “We’re a growing startup in a hot space and we’re starting from zero,” he said. “The goal is to make roofers solar people.”

Recent policy movements, such as California’s mandate for new homes to have solar starting in 2020, highlight the growing value for integration between roofing and solar companies. Time will tell how Tesla will respond, if at all, but the Tesla Solar Roof still remains an intriguing and innovative product in its own right.

Florida Power & Light (FPL) proposes the country’s largest community solar program

A proposal filed by FPL with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), if approved, would kick off the largest community solar program in the United States. The program, known as FPL SolarTogether, will lead to 1,490 megawatts (MW) of new solar capacity spread across 20 new solar plants in FPL service territory. The power plants are projected to produce net savings of $139 million for customers long-term. According to the Solar Energy Industry of America (SEIA), there are currently 1,298 megawatts of community solar installed across the U.S. This means that FPL SolarTogether has the potential to double community solar capacity in the U.S.

Following approval, the first six solar plants that will go live will each have about 300,000 solar panels, capable of generating about 74.5 MW of solar. FPL hopes to have the solar plants operational by early 2020.

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About Jacob Marsh

Jacob is a researcher and content writer at EnergySage, where he focuses primarily on current issues–and new technology!–in the solar industry. With a background in environmental and geological science, Jacob brings an analytical perspective and passion for conservation to help solar shoppers make the right energy choices for their wallet and the environment. Outside of EnergySage, you can find him playing Ultimate Frisbee or learning a new, obscure board game.

One thought on “Solar news: March 22nd, 2019

  1. Robert Mazzone

    It’s great to see how the Solar industry is growing in the US and globally. Alas, I see no mention in any of the postings that address the growing wait times for those who have purchased PW2 batteries. Customers must wait 12, 18 months or likely much longer for delivery. Elon Musk is brilliant. But there is a difference between getting ahead of your skis, and realizing you don’t have skis as you launch yourself into the air. Tesla seems to be getting a free pass on their supply issues. I doubt that the Tesla “vendors” will voice any concerns out of fear if losing Tesla access. So who will assist and inform consumers? Many who pay full price for PW2 batteries and see Musk focusing on and being distracted by a multitude of other projects that just take more resources from battery production. I think Tesla should place a moratorium on any PW2 orders until they can get their diver window down to s maximum of 60 days (installed). If this vacuum inter supply stream means new companies step up to address the pent up demand. That’s great. The free market will be strengthened.


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