More and more people are turning to clean energy alternatives. One of those is solar power. You can use solar power as a supplemental power source, or you can use solar power as your sole power source. It used to be that if you wanted to use solar power, your only option was to use large solar panels on your roof. However, there are now alternatives such as solar shingles.
What Are Solar Shingles?
They are shingles that have solar film implanted directly in the shingle. The solar material is a thin-film photovoltaic cell. That means that they are still able to transform sunlight into electricity, but they are very thin, like a piece of film instead of a thick panel.
What Are the Benefits to Using Solar Shingles?
One of the biggest benefits is the fact that they are inconspicuous. No one will know that you have them because are just part of your roofing material. This is an additional benefit if you live in a neighborhood that has a homeowners' association that limits what you can put on your roof. Because the solar shingles are still shingles, you don't have to ruin the look of your house with the larger photovoltaic panels. Many people think that the panels are unattractive looking.
The shingles are also more efficient than the older PV panels, because they are the next generation of solar technology. It is also possible to generate more power because the shingles cover more area on the roof than panels would.
Another benefit is that the shingles can be applied by any roofing contractor. They go on the roof just like an asphalt shingle would, so they don't require any kind of special training to install on your roof.
What Are the Drawbacks to Solar Shingles?
One of the biggest drawbacks is that the solar shingles are still more expensive than other solar options are. However, that price is coming down as the technology gets better and the demand grows. If you are interested in using solar power and you need a new roof, then you can mitigate some of that higher cost by getting everything at once. Another way to help alleviate that cost is to look into tax benefits for using clean energy on your state or federal taxes.
Using solar power is now easier than ever. Having a roofing contractor install solar shingles is an easy way to start using solar power in your home.