HOW IT LOOKS
Solar roof shingles are becoming a realistic option for homeowners. Solar shingles, also called photovoltaic shingles, are photovoltaic cells designed to look like conventional asphalt shingles or slate roofing. Until the last decade or so, solar roof shingles didn’t exist as an option. These roofing systems are also called building-integrated photovoltaic or BIPVs, and there are several varieties of the solar shingles, including shingle-sized solid panels that take the place of a number of conventional shingles in a strip, semi-rigid designs containing several silicon solar cells that are sized more like conventional shingles, and newer systems using various thin-film solar cell technologies that match conventional shingles both in size and flexibility.
This could be your house!
HOW IT Works Whether you use solar shingles or panels, the basics are the same. Solar cells convert sunlight to DC electricity. The Inverter converts the DC current to the standard household AC current. The Inverter also controls the flow of electricity. Depending on your usage and available sunlight, the electricity either goes to your household circuits and appliances or to the power grid. When the sun is shining you can “sell” electricity back to the power company.
With the new Enlighten Micro-Inverters by Enphase Energy, you can monitor the power output from your system at anytime from anywhere. This reporting software allows you to keep track of the electricity you produce; by the hour, by the day, by the month, year or lifetime of the system.
Enlighten Micro-Inverters are guaranteed for 25 years unlike the older string type inverters. With a payback of 10 yrs. That’s free electricity for 15 years, Guaranteed.
HOW IT PAYS
Your new solar energy system will pay for itself in about 9-10 years at today’s electrical rates.
First, by generating your own power, the money you would have paid the power company can now be put in your own pocket. When your solar energy system is connected to the grid, you can “sell” electricity back to the power company during peak sunlight.
Second, the cost of your solar energy system is reduced by the 30% direct tax credit.
Finally, don’t forget the intangibles:
Reducing green house gases,
Helping the environment
Reducing dependency on foreign oil.
Save the environment
Its a Win Win!!!!