Customers that own Phonosolar 300 watt panels are
lucky to have another option in their solar
electricity—solar shingles. This is an innovative
technology that involves placing solar panels on your
roof that look and act like regular asphalt shingles.
If you’ve been looking at solar panels, you no doubt
know about the money-saving aspect of the panels,
but there’s more to it. Although the initial outlay
might be a little higher than standard panels, solar
shingles are like their larger cousins—they will pay
themselves off over time. Most experts say that a roof should be replaced every 20-30 years, and solar
shingles are no different. But why not have a roof that can all collect energy from the sun? Rather than
one or more smaller panels on a roof to collect energy, you can collect a whole lot more and save a lot
more money when you’re getting energy on a much larger surface area.
More than Savings
But most people would stop at a simple money-saver. Solar shingles are a lot more than that. Each
individual shingle is its own small solar panel, and acts to collect energy like a full-sized panel would. The
only difference is that you can cover your
entire roof with them so that you don’t have
big, black squares sitting on top of your house.
The coloring is very close to that of a standard
asphalt shingle, so it looks like a standard roof.
The technology employed in solar shingles is
very unique. In contrast to standard panels,
solar shingles are made in one of two ways:
they’re either rigid or flexible. That’s one
reason that standard panels are mounted the
way they are: they can’t bend to fit the roof, so
they have to mount to a flat surface that’s facing the sun. This can be difficult for some homeowners,
due to the orientation of their home or the shape of their roof. But solar shingles are flexible, and can be
stapled to the roof in the same way that any shingle can be. This is a dream come true for many people
who have wanted to cut down on their reliance on the power grid, but haven’t been able to due to
factors that they can’t change.
There are two main installation options available to users. The first is to use mostly standard asphalt
shingles, but to intersperse a solar shingle among them at certain points. This provides a sort of disguise
for the solar shingle. The second is to do as mentioned above, and cover the entire roof in special
panels, which are designed to look and act like asphalt ones. Whichever you choose, the results will both
look great, and help you cut down on your electricity bill.
Solar shingles may not be for everyone, but users of
Phonosolar 300 watt panels might consider it another viable
option. But if you are tired of seeing the big, black panels on
your roof, you might want to think about investing in solar
shingles to make your roof look like all the rest again.
Photo Credit: Tai Viinikka, Nic McPhee, Tai Viinikka,