Instead of using conventional shingles which just depreciate in value, spend approximately twice as much (which can be financed via the manufacturer) and get solar shingles or photovoltaic shingles that look conventional but can pay for itself instead by lowering your electric bill. In many states if your produce more electricity than you use the power company is required by law to buy your electricity making your home a cash generation factory.
Solar shingle have been around since 2005 and have steadily dropped in price ever since, some of newer technology solar shingles are made from thin-film copper indium gallium selenide, which can also be made to mimic traditional shingles and not look like the large panel solar panel installations that are common today. They also are about 20% efficient turning free sun light into usable electricity.
Sadly the most esthetically pleasing Solé Power Tiles from SRS Energy are no longer commercially available.
Depending upon the manufacturer (Dow, CertainTeed, Sun Energy Engineering, Atlantis Energy Systems, and OkSolar.com) have different installation requirements, but another advantage of Solar Shingles is that they can typically be installed in 1/2 or 1/3 the time of convention shingles, which reduces labor installation costs by significant amounts.
As home electricity uses AC (alternating current) power and the solar panels generate DC (direct current) power an inverter will be required as part of the installation. If you desire to also use your solar shingles as a back-up power source then possibly an array of batteries will also be needed to store your solar energy in the event of a blackout.
Solar Shingle Installation Video
At the current time solar shingles or photovoltaic shingles are available in the following US States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., Louisiana and North Carolina
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