BIPV roof shingles (aka "solar shingles" or "solar tiles") function
as regular shingles but have a PV material on the surface. Some
manufacturers create shingles with a thin-fi lm PV layer. Other
manufacturers attach crystalline silicon PV cells to concrete tiles.
Note that "tile" in this case does not refer to clay Mission-style
tile or its look-a-likes.
Advantages of photovoltaic shingles include:
· No need for bulky panels and supports.
· Function just as normal roofs do, with regular weather-
proofi ng and water-shedding abilities.
· Look very similar to standard roofs. Solar shingles
can look somewhat blue or glossy relative to regular
shingles when fi rst installed, although they tend to look
more normal within a few days as dust accumulates.
Excessive dust should be cleaned off with water during
the dry season in order to maintain performance. Right
after rinsing, the original refl ective appearance can re-
turn for a few days.
· Can require less maintenance than traditional solar
· Over time, the electricity generated by solar shingles can
help offset the cost of a re-roof.
(Refer to Illustrations 9, 10 and 11.)
(Illustrations 9, 10 and 11) The
solar shingles on the Arroyo
Burro Watershed Resource
Center function like a normal
roof shingle. Photovaltaic cells
are attached to the front exterior
of the shingle.
S OLAR R ECOGNITION A WARD P ROGRAM 9 P HOTOVOLTAIC S HINGLES OR T ILES BIPV roof shingles (aka "solar shingles" or "solar tiles") function as regular shingles but have a PV material on the surface.