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.
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.
Potential Stakeholders include:
- Product Companies/Manufacturers
- Property Owners/Product End-users
- Utility Companies
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.
https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=427&t=3 Electricity Generation by Energy Source
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