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Photovoltaic Shingles

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Photovoltaic ShinglesPhotovoltaic shingles are another great way to bring renewable energy into the home. These shingles have been on the market for about four years now. The shingles are embedded with a small inverter and covered in thin photovoltaic (PV) material.

Around 500 square feet of photovoltaic shingles or tiles can produce three kilowatts of electricity and most roofs are two to three-times that big in area. According to some manufacturers PV shingles installed on the south-facing roof of a 3-bedroom home could generate as much as 30 percent of the energy needed to power that home.

Photovoltaic shingles are also referred to as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs). These BIPVs integrate solar cells with slate, metal, fiber-cement, and even ¬asphalt roofing. The materials are so well designed at this point that they pretty much blend right in with the rest of a roof.

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