Native news outlets are reporting that GAF Power will open a second manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Texas, for its photo voltaic shingle product. Town council has accepted a growth settlement that might permit GAF Power to construct a 450,000-sq.-ft constructing off I-35, only a half hour from downtown Austin.
GAF Power says the brand new manufacturing website would end in 265 jobs over 5 years in manufacturing, workplace and R&D.
The corporate launched a photo voltaic roofing product in January 2022 and has been making the nailable Timberline Photo voltaic shingles out of its 50-MW facility in San Jose, California. The California constructing has been reported to be 112,000 sq. ft.
The Timberline Photo voltaic shingle is roughly 64- by 17-in, whereas the photo voltaic portion (one row of 16 half-cut cells that generates 45 W) measures 60- by 7.5-in. That further non-solar portion is TPO roofing materials and is nailed to a roof. GAF Power is tapping into its 10,000 GAF roofing sellers to put in the photo voltaic product.
Earlier this yr, Photo voltaic Energy World spoke to Reynolds Holmes, GAF Power’s VP of companies and product administration, concerning the new product.
“It’s a must to design and develop a terrific product that has an accessible value level, however you additionally should construct the infrastructure to scale this product,” he stated. “The factor we’ve leaned closely on and made design choices possibly in opposition to being the very best energy is ensuring it’s installable by this 10,000-strong community. On the finish of the day, you probably have a terrific product that meets all wants however there’s nobody who can set up it, you may as effectively not have a terrific product.”