Integrated solar roofing combines panels and shingles (video)
As more homeowners add solar power, the aesthetics have become as important as the power output. Building-integrated solar panels solve that problem by making the installation blend into a traditional roofline.
CertainTeed Corporation introduced solar power systems that overcome the aesthetic objection to solar power. Their ApolloII next generation solar roofing system features integrated photovoltaic (PV) panels which combine greater efficiency and improved aesthetics with easier wiring installation.
Featuring 54-watt monocrystalline panels, Apollo II is lightweight, durable, resistant to wind uplift, and can easily be integrated into either an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles.
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Like its predecessor, Apollo II fully integrates with roofing shingles for a clean, seamless appearance not found with rack-mounted systems. Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar. Its low profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles. The enhanced product also features an open space under the modules to allow for easier electrical wiring. New water channels and raised fastener locations further improve roof deck integrity.
The Apollo II system is offered in pre-engineered kits containing all components necessary for installation.
Apollo II is also rated for wind resistance up to 110 mph and loads up to 250 lbs per square foot. In addition, the product is backed by the industry’s only warranty for both electricity output and installation workmanship. Apollo II qualifies for a 30 percent federal tax credit and may be eligible for state rebates and incentives listed at www.dsireusa.org. Additional incentives may also be available through local utility providers.
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