Photovoltaic Shingles

by admin on September 9, 2011

Photovoltaic Shingles are shingles designed to catch sunlight and convert it to energy. Photovoltaic Singles were first commercialized in about 2005 with the introduction of thin film shingles. These are made out of copper indium diselenid or silicone. Today, it is regarded as one of the best sources of alternative energy and there is a fast growing demand for it worldwide.

Photovoltaic Shingles generally are 12”x86” (300 by 2,200mm) and they can be directly stapled onto roofing cloth. Once fixed they will have a strip of exposed surface approximately 5’x86 or  (130 by 2,200mm). The mounting requirements  will  vary according to different models of Photovoltaic Shingles. Some models may need special installation procedures.

Solar shingles or Photovoltaic Shingles are a deep, dark blue in  color and  most often resemble  other roofing  shingles.  They are generally textured to blend and complement the granular surface of conventional surroundings.   Some Photovoltaic Shingles come in a trim, handy panel.  These  aesthetically pleasing features are  plus factors which  attract  home owners and builders  to use Photovoltaic Shingles as they can harness sunlight without resorting to ungainly, cumbersome large panels. Modern Photovoltaic Shingles are designed to cut down on installation time too.  For instance, panels made out of copper indium gallium diselenide can be installed in just 10 hours. When installed, the sun’s warmth will help bond the shingles together which in turn will form a weather resistant seal.  All   solar energy or Photovoltaic Power is   produced or generated as direct current (DC) while homes generally use alternating current. Therefore, an inverter is needed to make the conversion.

An owner’s installation manual will come with the product. The roofing contractor will install the shingles using a template provided by the manufacturer. Then the electrical systems installer will wire the solar shingles together in the space below the roof and wire the shingles to the combiner box. Then the wires will be taken from the combiner box and connected to the power conditioning equipment.

Each Photovoltaic Shingle can produce 13 – 16 watts. The amount of energy produced will depend on the brand of shingle used. You will need 77 tiles covering 100 square feet of roof to generate 13 watts   The benefits  of using Photovoltaic Shingle s include  lesser energy costs (virtually free energy),  , pollution free power generation and environmental protection. Photovoltaic Shingles also have greater flexibility and durability.

Photovoltaic Shingles Cost

Photovoltaic Shingles Cost will differ according to model and brand name, the amount of energy to be generated, necessary accessories etc., For example, a Photovoltaic module- 50 w (Polycrystalline – Camper line) 1-3 pieces will cost approximately sterling 125.00. Some models will cost $12 per watt at the current cost. A photovoltaic shingles system costs about $10,000 to $15,000 for most houses.

The best way to get a reasonable Photovoltaic Shingles Cost is asking for local contractors’ bids and compare. You can click here (Only For US) to free estimate your local contractors’ price online.

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