Powerhouse solar shingle company RGS Energy files for bankruptcy

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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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