The more important things about installing a PhotoVoltaic Solar System on your home or businesses roof are deciding how much of what to put where, the cost and will it cause roof leaks or worse yet collapse my roof after a heavy snow? Is it safe for my roof?
PhotoVoltaic system design is a complicated proposition when dealing with Crystalline Silicone Solar Modules connected to a Central Inverter as are in use today. Tilt, altitude, optimum tilt angle, azimuth, magnetic declination, orientation, standby losses, harmonic distortion, frequency regulation… That’s not all. You better have selected the correct sized, exterior grade DC wire to connect all these components together least they burn up in an over voltage situation. All this has made photovoltaic solar a very specialized field requiring highly trained engineers and technicians to design and install just the right system, to be put in just the correct position on your roof.
Crystalline Silicone PV Modules collect all visible light, but are only able to convert the red portion of the light spectrum into electricity. That’s why they operate best when pointed directly South into the Sun. That’s also why their exact positioning on a roof top is so important.
A more recent, emerging technology – CIGS Flexible Thin Film PV Modules were originally engineered to lay flat, on a flat roof surface as shown in the picture above. With their Multi – P / N – Junction Technology, they are capable of converting the red, the green and the more powerful blue portions of the light spectrum into electricity. That’s why they don’t have to point directly into the sun, but if they do, all the better. More power to ya.
These advancements along with the development of Micro-Inverters have so simplified the solar design process that the National Electrical Code ( NEC ) requirements pertaining to DC array circuits do not apply to these AC modules, as these circuits and conductors are considered internal wiring. This also eliminates the danger of working with or even having 600 Volt DC electricity on your roof. This equates to added safety and savings.
Due to these advancements in cloud technology, we / you are now able to get a Feasibility Study, do a Concept Design, perform a Financial Analysis ( optional ) and even get a completed Permit Package to take to your building codes department to obtain a building permit for the build. All from information off our website. Click on “Solar Soft Cost” at the menu bar for more information.
Do – It – Yourself, Plug & Play Solar is finally here. This may still be beyond the scope of the average homeowner, but not the upscale Home Improvement Contractor. The Affordable Power Panel – CIGS Flexible Thin Film PV Solar Mounting System was designed by a roofer and is easy enough for any experienced roofing or siding laborer to mount to the roof. Call in your electrician to hook it up and your in the Solar Business.
Home Builders are excited to learn that expensive roofing materials are not required beneath this Building Integrated PhotoVoltaic ( BIPV ) Solar Array, further contributing to the affordability of PhotoVoltaic Solar in New Home Construction.
Best of all, you can see from the sliding pictures on our home page with all the roof mounting fasteners covered, why we can say Guaranteed Not to EVER LEAK, if installed correctly per manufacturers specifications.