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Solar Roofs For People Who Don’t Want to “Put Anything” on The Roof

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Some people balk at putting solar power to their roofs – even here in California where you can do that for as little as nothing now – simply because they fear putting solar panels on their roof.

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They worry they’ll fly away in Berkeley’s gentle breezes. But these SunSlates from Atlantis have passed the Miami Dade County wind load standard which tests at Florida’s hurricane-force wind speeds in excess of 125 mph. These are hurricane-proof. They’re staying put.

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Or they worry that the neighbors will object. But these can be very inconspicuous. Edges can be finished cleanly with this solar tile, just like with a regular roofing tile.

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The Atlantis SunSlate is the only building integrated solar PV available in the US that offers a 25 year roof warranty, as well as a 25 year power warranty.

It is a real roofing system that also produces electricity.

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For those who don’t like the look of solar added on top of a roof, these tiles blend in, and can be clean-finished at the edge.

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Unlike many building integrated solar (BIPV) modules, these are not made of stick-on thin film, which still remains largely unproven as yet. These are the old-fashioned solar that has been proven in the field for over 30 years, but simply made into smaller units; tiles.

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The slates are relatively light, thin and durable. These also meet the Florida Building Code, and classified by Florida as building material with UL Class A Fire rating. With ten years of installations worldwide, this is a safe bet for solar power for those who don’t want to “put anything” on their roof.

Images: Atlantis

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10 Comments so far to “Solar Roofs For People Who Don’t Want to “Put Anything” on The Roof”
  1. Frank Hanlan Says:

    What is the efficiency rating for these roof tiles? How well do they function in a northern climate such as Edmonton, AB, Canada?

  2. Susan Kraemer Says:

    Frank: Get a local solar estimate, because different products are available in different markets. Suntech makes panels like these, BP (Ugh!) used to but stopped supplying the US…maybe they still supply Canada.

    Remember that less "efficient" just means you will need more space to generate the same electricity, so these are good if your needs are low or you have a larger space available to put panels on. In Canada you'll need more space to make the same power as in regions closer to the equator, no matter what kind of panels you use.

  3. Oscilloscope : Says:

    to date, solar panels which generate more than 100Watts are still expensive but hopefully they are getting cheaper each day '

  4. Casey Says:

    Specs please?

  5. Susan Kraemer Says:

    The company sites have the specs you need

  6. Roosevelt Mazze Says:

    i could only wish that solar panels cost only several hundred dollars, i would love to fill my roof with solar panels -':

  7. Susan Kraemer Says:

    They do cost nothing, in some areas, and for some bills (over $200) with a PPA: google futurefriendly home.org – details how

  8. David Hallbert Says:

    Our roof is nearing time for replacing roofing shingles, do these shingles obviate the need for re-roofing expense? Looks like they might, so that cost could be deducted from the overall expense. Do these have to be installed by solar technicians at higher cost than regular roofers?

  9. Susan Kraemer Says:

    Labor costs for solar roofers is similar to roofers. The shingles cost more than dumb roof shingles. But you will save so much, you should do it, even if the solar shingles cost more. Get an estimate form a solar company. They are free.

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