Dow Powerhouse Wins Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award: The Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle was recently honored as a recipient of a 2012 Breakthrough Award by Popular Mechanics for pioneering an integrated solar roofing system that protects a home from the elements, while generating electricity to power it. The Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards, now in their eighth year, uses this opportunity to salute the greatest innovations of 2012 as a celebration of world-changing ideas that will shape the future. Popular Mechanics credits Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles with creating the new benchmark for roof design and engineering in the U.S. The Dow Powerhouse solar shingle system performs like conventional shingles to protect a home, with the added benefit of generating electricity to offset utility bills. It turns this typically passive part of the home into an active source of value and clean energy generation, without compromise to the home’s aesthetics. Now available in Central Texas, Northern California and Colorado through select authorized dealers and builders, the Powerhouse Solar Shingle will be expanding availability in U.S. markets later this year. More at www.dowpowerhouse.com.