Dow Solar Solutions figured out a way to make solar panels look just like regular roofing shingles. Dow is launching these Powerhouse Solar Shingles next year, claiming they'll be 30 to 40% cheaper than other solar panels that look like roofing tiles. The company said the shingles will be more than 10% efficient, but cost around 15% less on a per-watt basis.
Because these Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) systems require no specialized knowledge of solar systems to install, regular roofers will be comfortable attaching these to your roof. We especially like their inconspicuous nature, certain to pass muster with even the snobbiest architectural control committees. This could be the start of a new wave of revolutionary photovoltaic devices.
Here's a close-up of the solar shingles: