Photovoltaic (solar power) roofs are a great way to limit energy consumption and increase the sustainability of your home.
Photovoltaics, also known as solar power, takes the energy of the sun and converts it into direct current (DC) electricity, which is then converted to alternating current (AC) by a converter box and used to power the appliances in your home. It’s possible to use a battery to store leftover energy to use while the sun isn’t shining. It’s even possible to do something called net metering, in which you sell the energy you don’t use back to the utility company.
An Aesthetic Option
In the past, solar panels had to be built onto the roof or installed in the yard around your house. They were large obtrusive panels and often would lower the curb appeal of your property. Now things are different.
Photovoltaic solar panels can be built directly into your roof, integrated with the roofing system itself to create a more pleasant aesthetic, with all the power-giving potential. This is called building-integrated photovoltaic, or BIPV.
The great thing about photovoltaic solar panels on your roof is that they function both as roofing and as solar panels. In other words, this will be a great roof, and it will also reduce your dependence on the local utility company.
Can Photovoltaic Roofing Make You Money?
Yes! Through a combination of the tax breaks, the savings in energy bills and the possibility of selling energy back to the utility company, it is possible to end up making a profit off of solar power roofs. Depending on how you do it, you could begin making money off of your roof only 8 years after installation.
Contact Atlas today to discuss installing photovoltaic solar panels on your roof.