California — GAF Energy is partnering with Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia), a U.S. Department of Energy research and development lab, to test the company’s solar roofing product, which will be launched in January 2022.
In September, GAF Energy announced the completion of the build-out of its facility in San Jose, California where the company will be developing and manufacturing its new solar roof.
One of Sandia’s missions is to drive technical innovation in the solar sector as part of a broader DOE effort to lower the cost, increase the efficiency, and further the deployment of solar technologies.
“We’re very excited to partner with the experts at Sandia National Labs to verify the strength, durability, and overall market-readiness of our next-generation solar roof,” said Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy. “Solar roofing offers the opportunity for residential solar to reach the mainstream—and it needs to be a product that consumers trust. Product testing is critical to our efforts to expand residential solar to the mass market.”
“Getting solar roofs right includes the rigorous assessment of experimental systems installed in multiple climates, which includes measuring their energy output and establishing their reliability over time,” says Laurie Burnham, Sandia’s lead for the GAF Energy project. “Sandia is interested in the potential for building-integrated solar technologies, with their aesthetic and functional advantages, to accelerate the deployment of solar across the US.”