When solar efficient homes and businesses starting showing up in the market, they were usually encumbered by large panels on the roofs or in the backyards that were often unsightly.
Now the alternative to these large, and somewhat intimidating structures is putting solar panel shingles on the roof of your home.
The best time to start this project is when you are replacing the roof of your home or business. While you can re-shingle at any time, it might save you some money to wait.
If you have decided to build your own home, then constructing it with solar panel shingles will save you the step of having to redo the roof later on.
If you have an existing building you are putting your solar panel shingles on, then you might need to review the placement of the shingles on your roof.
The home or business might not have been designed to get the most out of the suns energy, and it may be necessary to make more fundamental changes to your home to ensure you get the most out of your investment.
Although you might have already considered it, if you are building a new structure and putting on solar panel shingles then make sure you have discussed this with your architect and ensure you review your plans for optimal sunlight capture.
Solar panel shingles look like regular shingles and come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. If you have experience roofing homes, then you will easily convert to roofing with solar panels.
They look like regular shingles and connect together to transmit energy from one another.
You should estimate the energy requirements of your home, and review the shingles you have selected to ensure you will generate enough energy for your home or business needs.
If you do come up short, you can add additional shingles on outcroppings of your home.
Another alternative is to make up the difference with an inverter that is tied to your local electricity company.
Since this is likely to be mandatory within your municipality, you are probably going to have to set up your renewable energy solution with an inverter regardless.
The advantages of this type of setup will be seen pretty immediately.
While the payback period on your roof varies, your home will be more environmentally friendly, and the attractiveness of your home on the market increases.
There may even be some rebates you are entitled to depending on the municipality you live in.
It is recommended you consult with the authorities to ensure you get the rebates you are entitled to as well as ensure you have all equipment required when you originally set up your system.