Solar Shingles: Photovoltaics with Curb Appeal

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Sustainability Problem

Energy & Pollution: About 67% of electricity generated in the U.S. is from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum.)  Photovoltaic solar panels provide a renewable energy source option in ending our dependence on finite fossil fuels, but traditional panels have a heavy a profile that can dissuade homeowners from installing them.

Technology Summary

Article – Solar Shingles: What are they? https://pureenergies.com/us/how-solar-works/solar-shingles/

  • Designed to look like ordinary asphalt shingles
  • Protects the roof; as durable and flexible as regular shingles
  • Lightweight and easy to install
  • Cost effective when compared to traditional panels that rest on the roof
  • Can be installed at start of project or during regular roof replacement/maintenance.

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Organizational Stakeholders

Potential Stakeholders include:

  • Architects/Engineers/Contractors
  • Product Companies/Manufacturers
  • Property Owners/Product End-users
  • Utility Companies

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Deployment

The next three stages in deploying this technology could be:

  • Assess drawbacks and fine-tune product for use
  • Forge partnerships with institutions to demonstrate technology to the public.
  • Provide financing and incentives to property owners/builders to integrate product into construction practices and retrofitting of properties.

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See also:

https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=427&t=3 Electricity Generation by Energy Source

http://cleantechnica.com/2015/02/08/solar-shingles-renewable-energy-solution-curb-appeal/

Solar Shingle Cost Considerations

http://www.metrotile.co.uk/blog/the-benefits-of-building-integrated-photovoltaics/ Benefits of Building Integrated Photovoltaics

http://pureenergies.com/us/how-solar-works/types-of-solar-panels/ Types of Solar Panels

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One thought on “Solar Shingles: Photovoltaics with Curb Appeal

  1. This is so cool! I wonder if they use string inverters so if one shingle is down or shaded it doesn’t impact the entire system.

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