MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER, 2009 |
The Solar Roof Tile .. That Looks Like One
Solar roof tiles are nothing new; but most just look like small solar panels,
not blending in well with the surrounding roof structure in terms of design.
The Solé Power Tile is an electricity-generating "barrel-style tile"
that can be installed alongside traditional clay tile roofing produced by by US
Tile, the largest manufacturer of premium sustainable roofing in the United
It's the first curved solar tile to be introduced to the U.S. market.
Light-weight and of polymer construction, the tiles can generate 500 watts per 100 square-feet.
Solé Power Tiles are easy to handle and employ "plug and play"
quick-connect technology. The tiles are guaranteed to produce electricity at a
rate that reaches at least 80 percent of the tile's generating capacity for 20
years, and are expected to continue to produce well beyond the warranty period.
The makers of the tile, SRS Energy
envision around 20-25 percent of the average roof would feature the Solé Power
Tile, with the remainder utilizing authentic clay roof tiles.
SRS Energy says it takes less time than conventional solar panels to generate
the amount of energy required to produce them and their embodied energy is
recouped during a small amount of the tile's life span. Unlike many other
thin-film solutions, the technology within the tile is cadmium free and not
toxic. The Solé Power Tile system also incorporates triple-junction amorphous solar cells produced by
, a leader in thin-film
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