The Future of Sustainable Solar Roofing Solutions

September 22, 2023

 

 

Smart and scalable local energy generation solutions are in high demand, with solar power being one of the major instruments. Let’s debunk a common myth: while installing solar panels on existing roofs seems like a practical approach, it's not the only way. In fact, one could even argue that it’s far from the best.

Ineffective use of materials

While traditional on-roof solar systems (or building-applied photovoltaics, BAPV) dominate the market, they're not the most sustainable. In fact, about 98% of rooftop solar installations are building-applied photovoltaics. Unfortunately, they also result in wasteful use of materials. Double layer roofs can hardly be sustainable. The building sector is the single largest energy consumer, accounting for approximately 40% of EU & US energy consumption, and 36% of CO2 emissions. Installing solar on all new and renovated buildings in the EU can save up to 7 million tonnes of CO2 each year. But that only works if we do it in a smart and effective way.

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A Dual-Purpose Blueprint

Incorporating solar installations into every renovated or new building in a smart manner can save millions of tonnes of CO2 and resources annually.

At the core of modern solar innovations is an elegantly straightforward concept: a dual-purpose solar solution. Visionaries in the field have long dreamed of roofs that could capture solar power without the visual intrusion typical of conventional panels.

For many, the aesthetic appeal of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) is undeniable. Traditional solar panels often look out of place, especially on heritage properties. BIPVs, on the other hand, integrate seamlessly with the architecture, enhancing property value and offering homeowners protection against fluctuating electricity costs for decades.

A Paradigm Shift

One key argument in favor of BIPVs is visual appeal. Building-integrated solar makes an architectural whole, whereas regular PV looks like a foreign body on a roof. Regular solar panels can’t be installed in heritage properties and protected areas, whereas BIPV may be an option. Producing solar energy and maximizing self-consumption protects homeowners from possible larger fluctuations in electricity prices for decades. Also, in the real estate market, energy efficient buildings with building-integrated solar panels are significantly more attractive to buyers.

Challenging the BIPV Status Quo

BIPVs are transformative, turning various parts of buildings—from roofs to balconies—into power generators. However, they have been dogged by perceptions of complexity, compatibility issues, and high costs.

Solarstone's Solar Full Roof™ addresses these concerns head-on. Their innovative Click-on® framing kit negates the need for screws or adhesives, integrating with standard PV modules effortlessly. This patented kit can turn nearly any solar panel into weatherproof roofing material without an extra layer.

Solarstone® Solar Full Roof™

Colorful Solar Roofs

Solarstone's innovation doesn't stop at functionality. In collaboration with partners, they offer colorful PV modules combined with Click-on® framing. This gives architects a spectrum of choices, pushing the boundaries of traditional solar solutions.

Solar-Powered Future

For homeowners deliberating over the worth of a solar roof, it's essential to recognize its dual benefits. Besides shielding against weather elements, it can drastically reduce electricity costs.

As the world looks to a greener future, Solarstone's Solar Full Roof™ offers more than a ray of hope. It presents a practical, aesthetic solution, promising not only energy efficiency at a reasonable cost.

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