Houston, Texas, September 10, 2013 – EPD, a power integration company, recently completed the first residential solar shingle roof installation in Harris County (Humble/Atascocita area). At more than 8 kW this system will provide a substantial portion of the power this residence requires.
EPD (Electronic Power Design) made a name for itself in the marine and offshore industry by engineering and manufacturing integrated power systems that make vessels more efficient and productive by freeing up cargo space. They’ve provided over 150 of these highly efficient Engine Control Rooms for vessels operating in waters all over the world. Today, this same small group of engineers from universities around Texas are taking on the solar industry.
This residential project marks the fourth solar installation for EPD in Houston and adds another solar technology to the EPD portfolio. Earlier this year at its global headquarters on I-45, EPD completed the installation of more than 330 kW of solar on a 250,000 sq-ft manufacturing and office facility. The power produced from this installation typically provides 90% of the daytime power consumed at the facility and 50% of the total energy consumed. Behind Ikea, the EPD installation is the 2nd largest in Houston and the largest at an industrial facility.
Having installed three of the most common type of solar products, polysilicon crystal panels, thin film laminates and now solar shingles, EPD has first-hand knowledge of available technologies. EPD’s next projects include a solar parking structure for EPD employees with electric vehicles and integrating Building Integrated Photo Voltaic (BIPV) into the walls of its manufacturing space to allow EPD to develop better products and services for its customers. EPD plans to bring systems integration to the solar market by offering packaged solar solutions as it does in marine and offshore. Power storage and energy management for a true plug and play solution.