Energy firm GAF Energy has installed a 500-kW solar system on the roof of its R&D and manufacturing facility in San Jose, California.
The company expects the new system to generate over 750,000 kWh of energy annually at the facility, which spans 112,000 sq ft and produces Timberline Solar, a roof system that integrates solar technology into traditional roofing materials and processes.
According to GAF, Timberline Solar incorporates the “world’s first nailable solar shingle.” So, in essence, the installation will also be a demonstration project for the company.
The company says it is expanding its Timberline Solar production capacity with a second facility in Georgetown, Texas to meet growing demand. GAF opened its San Jose facility in 2021.
“We’re utilizing solar energy to produce Timberline Solar, not just because it’s the right thing to do for the planet, but also because it’s the right business decision,” said Martin DeBono, President of GAF Energy.
“We believe that the future of energy is solar roofs, produced in American manufacturing facilities that are fueled by solar power. We’re putting our vision of energy from every roof into practice with our own roof here in San Jose,” DeBono adds.