Dow Solar, a business of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), announced today the first Illinois installation of DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles, an award-winning residential solar roofing system. Bill Schafer and Margaret Watson, who have followed news about Solar Shingles since their invention in hopes of one day integrating them into their beautiful Naperville home, finally began creating clean solar energy when local Sustain-A-Building LLC became authorized to install Solar Shingles in the Chicago area. Bill Schafer wanted to purchase a system for their home in time for his daughter’s wedding, as the family had planned an outdoor reception. “We first read about Solar Shingles in 2009 when Time named them one of the best inventions of the year,” said Bill, who has adopted many other sustainable green practices prior to solar. “We’ve been asking Dow to bring them to Illinois ever since.” The Solar Shingles served as an aesthetically pleasing and fascinating backdrop to an already beautiful wedding. The Schafers were not the first POWERHOUSE owners to host an outdoor wedding with their home’s Solar Shingles in view, which speaks to how many homeowners agree about the unobtrusive nature of their appearance. Illinois joins 18 other states in which the revolutionary product is now available. Brandon Weiss, owner of Evolutionary Home Builders, established Sustain-A-Building LLC to promote green building practices and has won numerous awards for his dedication to sustainability, including recognition as the 2013 NAHB National Master Certified Green Professional of The Year. He is proud to now offer DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles to environmentally conscientious homeowners who value aesthetics and durability. Illinois residents and professionals will have the opportunity to see the POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles for themselves at a block party hosted to celebrate the Schafer’s new system in Naperville on August 22nd. Homeowners and builders can attend from 2 – 6 pm at 1004 Thurman Ave.