Powerhouse solar shingle company RGS Energy files for bankruptcy


One of America’s original solar companies is now no more. RGS Energy, which started as Real Goods Solar in 1978, has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The veteran solar installer had in the last year shifted its focus to solar shingle installation after acquiring the license to Dow’s Powerhouse shingles in 2017. Dow’s product used thin-film solar cells, while RGS Energy’s 3.0 version used monocrystalline solar cells. The company hoped to take advantage of California’s mandate that all new homes built beginning this year include a solar aspect. Unfortunately the product did not take off.

On January 31, 2020, the board of directors terminated the employment of all employees.

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