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What Are Solar Shingles?

Solar shingles are a great solution for home owners who want to invest in solar energy, but don’t want to change the look of their home with regular solar panels or structures. Solar shingles give you all the power of solar in a way that blends into your roof.
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What Are Solar Shingles?

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Solar shingles are a great solution for home owners who want to invest in solar energy, but don’t want to change the look of their home with regular solar panels or structures. Solar shingles give you all the power of solar in a way that blends into your roof.

Crafted to look like ordinary asphalt shingles, solar shingles are just as durable and flexible, but they carry the added benefit of being lightweight as well. Those in the know also refer to solar shingles as Building Integrated Photovoltaics or BIPV.

Solar shingles are available in two major types: thin film solar shingles and silicon-based solar shingles. 

Thin film solar shingles use the latest technology in solar power. Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (CIGS) is laminated into thin films over the shingles. This gives the shingles maximum flexibility. Two other benefits to this type of shingle are the low cost and the quick install.

Silicon based solar shingles are the traditional way to go. This is the same material that is used in most current solar panels. More efficient than thin film solar shingles, Silicon based solar shingles can convert approximately 20 percent of available sunlight into electricity. 

Different brands of solar shingles will produce different amounts of electricity, so ask for ratings if you are considering having them installed. All are designed to withstand rain, wind and hail. There is not much actual data on longevity, since solar shingles are a relatively new technology. 

Another aspect to consider is the fact that solar shingles cannot be angled the way solar panels can. This means that to take full advantage of sunlight, the roof must be already be facing the right way. To correct for bad angles, additional solar shingles may be placed. To get started, ask an installer to evaluate your roof. 

 

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