GAF Energy to build solar roofing testing facility with DOE funding

GAF Energy Timberline Solar

GAF Energy is building a new solar roofing testing facility and launching a new round of Building Integrated Solar (BIPV) testing thanks in part to a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) investment. The new testing project aims to develop, test, and validate a combination of optical, thermal, and energy models for roof-integrated solar shingles.

GAF Energy is partnering with Sandia National Laboratories and its network of Regional Test Centers on the project. The company has conducted ongoing testing of solar roofing with Sandia National Labs since 2021.

Top goals of the new testing facility and new products will be an improved understanding of the benefits solar shingles for heating and air conditioning efficiency for the home. The facility will be equipped with weather, PV, and temperature monitoring.

“Solar roofing offers the opportunity for residential solar to reach the mainstream and testing is critical to further innovation in this sector,” said Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy. “We’re thankful to the Department of Energy for their ongoing commitment to supporting clean energy innovation and we’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with the experts at Sandia National Labs to verify the performance, durability, and benefits of solar roofing.”

GAF Timberline Solar

GAF Energy’s Timberline Solar, features the world’s first nailable solar shingle and is the only roof system to directly integrate solar technology into traditional roofing processes and materials.

The U.S. DOE award was announced earlier this year as part of a broader $71 million investment, including $16 million from the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, in research, development, and demonstration projects to grow the network of domestic manufacturers across the U.S. solar energy supply chain.

GAF Energy recently celebrated the completion of a 450,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Texas. The company is conducting a search for the location of the new testing facility.

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