Standard Industries subsidiary GAF Energy has launched a new line of nailable solar shingles the roofing giant is calling Timberline Solar. The Timberline Solar Energy Shingle is made in GAF Energy’s 50-MW manufacturing facility in San Jose, California.
Each shingle is approximately 64 x 17 in. and 1-in. thick (with electronics), while the actual solar producing portion measures 60 x 7.5 in. The Energy Shingle weighs 10 lbs. and produces 45 W. See the data sheet here.
In September 2021, Timberline Solar achieved UL 7103 certification, which authorizes GAF Energy to install the system on residential roofs as a roofing product and a solar energy product. In addition, GAF Energy worked with Sandia National Laboratories, a U.S. Department of Energy research and development lab, to verify the product’s strength, durability, and overall market-readiness.
“Realizing our vision of a breakthrough mass-market solar roof has been our mission since we launched GAF Energy in 2019. What the team has accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary,” said David Winter and David Millstone, co-CEOs of Standard Industries. “Through our national roofing network, world-class talent, and aggressive investment in research and development, the Standard family of companies will transform the solar industry.”
GAF Energy has long seen Tesla and its solar roof as its biggest competitor in the building-applied photovoltaics market. While the Tesla solar roofing product uses a full roof of solar tiles and dummy glass tiles, GAF Energy has gone the route of incorporating its long solar shingles with traditional roofing shingles. The GAF Energy product appears to perform similarly to roofing competitor CertainTeed’s own attempt at solar shingles with the Apollo tiles.
GAF Energy’s Timberline Solar Energy Shingles can only be installed by GAF Energy certified installers.