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Another big trend in residential solar is the desire to make rooftop solar systems part of the traditional building construction process by working with existing installers. Eagle is doing this by expanding the solar installer base to include experienced roofing contractors who either become or partner with equally experienced electricians and solar integrators.

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     Solar Integration                                                                                                                  Interest in solar
                                                                                                                                        presses on as
                                                                                                                                        incentives continue
                                                                                                                                        By Jon Minnick

                                                                                                                                    Q   Qualified Remodeler: What are
                                                                                                                                        the big t
                                                                                                                                                trends you’re seeing in the
                                                                                                                                        residenti solar market right now?

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                                                                                                                                        prevalence of building integrated
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                                                                                                                                        photovoltaic (BIPV) systems
                                                                                                                                        is one of the big trends in the
                                                                                                                                        residential market. BIPV solar
                                                                                                                                        systems and the Eagle Solar Roof
                                                                                                                                        with SolarBlend from Suntech, in
                                                                                                                                        particular, are prized for their ease
                                                                                                                                        of installation and the superior
                                                                                                                                        finished appearance and weather-
                                                                                                                                        ability performance. BIPV systems
                                                                                                                                        produce clean energy, increase
                                                                                                                                        home value, help protect the envi-
                                                                                                                                        ronment, and the aesthetics of
        Above: Custom-Bilt Metals’
                                                                      here is still quite the    and more efficient. And to make        these systems is unmatched.
        FusionSolar is a turnkey rooftop
        solar power system that can
        withstand winds up to 160 mph.
                                                                 T    buzz around residential
                                                                      solar products. Several
                                                                                                 homeowners happier, companies
                                                                                                 continue to find ways to integrate
                                                                                                                                             Another big trend in residential
                                                                                                                                        solar is the desire to make rooftop
        Below: BP Solar’s Integra is just                     companies continue work on find-   solar systems into a home’s roof.      solar systems part of the traditional
        one example of manufacturers                          ing ways to make solar cheaper         BP Solar offers a line called      building construction process by
        focused on homeowners’ need
                                                                                                 Integra that has a low-profile         working with existing installers.
        for cu
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