Seamless Solar Panels Solution
Photovoltaic Roofing (also known as solar roofing) can be regarded as a double feature ticket. Solar Roof Tiles are installed the same way as standard non-solar shingles and can produce electricity the same way as solar electric panels do.
The Benefits of Photovoltaic Roofing
Solar shingles are in essence solar electric panels that are constructed to look like standard roofing tiles. The advantages are inherent to this concept. Instead of installing the solar panels on top of the slanted roof, the solar shingles are embedded seamlessly into the roofing. This way, possible construction hazards are avoided and the load on the roof is reduced. The roof looks much better with solar tiles. It would be more straightforward to get the necessary permits, to install and to commission the home solar system if solar tiles are used. A significant cost saving is realized because there is no need to buy the standard tiles.
Solar Roofing Types
Whether the roof shingles are asphalt shingles, standing seam metal roofing, concrete tiles, ceramic shingles or slate tiles, solar roof tiles are commercially available to fit the existing grid and thickness. For existing homes, replacing a small number of shingles with solar tiles will provide enough electricity for the household consumption or at least a substantial part of it. Photovoltaic Roofing is the most popular Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solution
Installation of Solar Roof Power System
For a grid-connected solar system the only other component that is needed is the grid tie inverter that converts DC produced by the solar shingles to AC grid compatible electrical power. An ideal location for the inverter is in the attic space where it is concealed and the DC power lines are short. Homes not connected to the grid will need the full content of the off grid solar power system
The typical size system has 1,500 Watts to 4,000 Watts production capacity
Solar powered tiles can be fitted to most existing slanted roofs by simply removing existing shingles and replace them with solar roof tiles. New homes, can be designed with BIPV elements such as tiles, solar windows and solar walls. If well designed, a home can get the status of Zero Energy Building, a building that on the average doesn’t consume energy
Cool Roofs are flat roofs coated with white materials not allowing sun radiation to enter the building from the top. This arrangement can save air conditioning $$$ bills. In the US, most flat top buildings are industrial and commercial buildings
On slanted roofs solar attic fans can be installed. Solar Attic Vents will save substantially on air conditioning operational cost
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