Fanette Rheaume Roof Panel August 28th, 2018 - 17:51:13
How would you like to have a roof which pulls double duty? The roof of your home can do much more than keep the rain and snow out of your house. It can also provide electrical energy for your home by supporting solar roof panels or solar shingles. Solar technology has advanced producing lighter weight more efficient solar cells which make solar roof panels and solar shingles a more feasible choice. The solar cells in the panels or shingles convert the sun light which shines on your roof into solar power which can then be put to use providing electricity for your home.
You have no doubt read through the abundance of information which is available on the internet today about building a solar roof panel from your own home or garage and you have now made the decision to go ahead and get started. However BE WARNED - building your own solar roof panel is not the simple and easy task that you may have been led to believe it is. There are lots of free reports and articles available on the internet which would have you believe that its a simple job. Have you checked out some of the YouTube videos lately - theres some pretty scary stuff on there.
One of the first things you should consider is placement. Where will the solar roof panel receive the most amount of sunlight? Facing the panels south is the best choice for optimum energy. Never face them to the north. You should make sure that you check with your local building department before you install the panels. Some areas require you to have a special building permit. Make sure you tilt the solar roof panel in relation to the latitude in which you live. There is a rule of thumb to follow for efficiency. 0-15 degrees latitude: 15 degree tilt 15-25 degrees latitude: tilt degree = same as latitude degree 25-40 degrees latitude: tilt degree = latitude degree + 5 degrees 40+ degrees latitude: tilt degree = latitude degree + 20 degrees
These solar roof panels and shingles are designed to take the place of regular shingles on your home providing a waterproof covering for your home and generating electricity at the same time. Solar roof panels are the easiest to install. These units come in either four foot by eight foot or four foot by four foot sections. Some of these are designed to be installed right over the existing roof eliminating the need to remove the old roof first. Some manufacturers have simplified the installation process by designing the panels with a plug and play system. The panel to panel electrical connections for these systems are tool free needing only to be connected to each other with handy plugs.