How would you like to have a roof that pulls double duty? The roof of your house can do a lot more than keep rain and snow out of your house. It can also provide electrical energy to your home by supporting solar roof panels or solar shingles.
Solar technology has advanced by producing lighter and more efficient solar cells that make solar roof panels and solar shingles
a more feasible choice. Solar cells in panels or shingles
convert sunlight that shines on your roof to solar energy that can then be used to provide electricity to your home.
These solar roof panels and shingles are designed to replace the ordinary shingles of your home, providing a waterproof coating for your home and producing electricity in the same period of
Solar roof panels are the easiest to install. These units have a section of four feet by eight feet (1945,9004) or four feet by four feet. Some of them are designed to be installed right
on the existing roof, eliminating the need to remove the old roof first. Some manufacturers
simplified the installation process by designing the panels with a "plug and play" system.
Panel-to-panel electrical connections for these systems are tool-less, requiring only to be
connected to each other with convenient outlets.
The latest solar technology has produced solar cells that can produce up to twenty percent efficiency, a vast improvement in the seven to ten percent produced by older solar cells. This improvement
has improved solar energy savings and made the investment of a solar roof a more viable choice
than previous systems.
Using new technology, the roof of your house can not only provide protection from the elements, but it can also be a valuable source of electricity. Make use of the sunlight falling on the roof that now
is wasting by using it to power all those electrical gadgets so necessary to modern life.