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Solar roof shingles

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Solar roof shingles

Solar roof shinglesSolar roof shingles are part of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). This means that they are a photovoltaic (PV) technology which can be incorporated into the design of a building. PV technology deals with the conversion of light into electricity.

As their name hints, solar roof shingles fit onto a home much like regular roof shingles. However, they also provide this PV ability to convert sunlight into electricity. Of course, additional wires are necessary to provide power to the home.

Solar roof shingles are created with impure silicon. As sunlight hits these roof adornments, electrons are knocked loose, creating DC power. This electrical current must be directed from the shingles either into batteries for storage or changed into AC power through an inverter. The AC power can then be used for home or business electrical needs.


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