A faster, easier, and dramatically cheaper solar roof.
Updated: Jun 12, 2022
Introducing Timberline Solar
It protects like a roof, installs like a roof – and produces clean energy; the Timberline Solar shingle is the world’s first nailable solar shingle. This is the future of roofing.
At CES 2022, GAF Energy, a subsidiary of Standard Industries and sister company to roofing heavyweight GAF, introduced a new solar shingle, called Timberline, that can be installed with a nail gun directly onto your roof. That means a faster installation that could cost about half of what Tesla's solar roof costs, according to a GAF Energy spokesperson.
Since they'll both go on with a nail gun, Timberline Solar Energy Shingles can be easily installed with traditional shingles. The new solar shingles can also be incorporated with GAF shingles to create a solar roof. Install times are "consistently ... half that required for rack-mounted solar," a GAF Energy spokesperson said, and come in at a comparable cost.
The claim is significant -- installation is typically the largest expense for residential solar energy systems.
The electrical components and wiring are located on top of the shingle because of its low profile. This makes for easy access for servicing, the company said. But it also means that while the shingles are less than a quarter of an inch thick, the conduit for the wiring is visible.
GAF shingles go on a lot of roofs (1.4 million each year, the company says). It will be interesting to see if an easy-to-install product paired with such a large network boosts the adoption of solar as the company hopes it will.
The new solar shingle received an award at CES 2022 for Best of Innovation Award for Smart Cities and innovation awards in the smart cities and smart home categories.