As the solar market gathers pace, we’re seeing some really interesting technologies emerge. One such technology is the solar roof tile – now a viable alternative to standalone PV solar panels.
Solar roof tiles work in exactly the same manner as PV solar panels, and come with the same benefits. However, they are (as the name suggests) an integrated solution that can only be fitted to new build developments or in complete roof refurbishments.
Just like PV solar panels though, solar roof tiles will make the homeowner eligible for the Government’s Feed in Tariff. In effect, you can be paid for the electricity you generate for your home via your solar roof tiles.
A Sleek, Modern Option
The real advantage of solar roof tiles is their aesthetic appeal. With the PV panel built in, the roof remains flush and your solar system will go unnoticed by all but the keenest of eyes.
Few would consider standalone solar panels an eyesore, but on luxury developments where chic minimalism is everything, these solar roof tiles are unarguably a sleeker option.
One solar roof tile equates to the size of four standard roof tiles, with styles built to match a variety of traditional roofing materials.
Solar Roof Tile Installation
Remember, to qualify for your FIT payments, your solar panels need to be installed by a certified solar installer. So while you might normally have your roof tiles fitted in their entirety by a construction expert, you’ll need to ensure you take the appropriate steps to preserve your eligibility for the Feed in Tariff.
Ask your roofing contractor to leave the electrical connections free on the roof’s underside, allowing them to be connected by an MCS installer – don’t attempt to do it yourself.