Taking Work Home

DuPont News, March 20, 2013
Taking Work Home
Kathy Moguel is an environmental engineer at the DuPont Yerkes plant in N.Y., which manufactures Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride films used around the world as a back sheet for solar panels.


DuPont Environmental Engineer and Batavia, N.Y. resident Kathy Moguel enjoys taking her work home…especially when it cuts her electric bills!

Recently, Kathy tapped a New York state energy efficiency incentive program to install solar panels on the roof of her house. 

“It’s something anyone can consider doing,” she said. “Many states offer incentives that are continuing to make home solar panel installation extremely affordable.”

With product knowledge in hand, and a desire to expand her environmental mission in mind, Kathy researched energy efficiency incentive programs that cater to residential homeowners and identified local solar panel installation firms that use DuPont™ Tedlar®-backed product.

“Our site manufactures Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride films used around the world as a back sheet for solar panels and in industrial applications, including usage as a laminate for the interior of airplanes,” said Kathy, who holds a PhD in Chemistry. “Not only does Tedlar® ensure superior photovoltaic panel protection, but it also insulates and is extremely easy to clean.”

While New York state offers incentives to homeowners to install solar panels as a highly efficient way to replace grid-generated electricity, New York is not the only state to offer such programs.

“The first step was to complete a state-paid-for energy assessment which determined how many panels my home would be allowed to install to replace some of my electricity usage,” Kathy said. “Then, I researched and selected a firm to install Tedlar®-backed solar panels on my roof.

“The result is that today I can access a website and instantly see how many watts my panels are generating,” she continued. “The goal, even here in upstate New York, is to generate more watts than we need and therefore begin to feed the excess back into the grid. During those times we will essentially be getting money back.”