Solar Roofing: Merging Sustainability With Innovation

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Solar Roofing: Merging Sustainability With Innovation

There’s no doubt that solar roofing is the way of the future. While many homeowners have switched to solar, the environmental impact would be lessened with more commitment to the cause. Therefore, sustainability innovation has been focused on developing this technology to prevent global warming devastation. 

With a 25-year lifespan, solar provides long-term options for renewable energy.

Solar panels may be a great choice if you live in Florida, where air conditioning is needed year-round. By learning more about this technology, you can decide whether making solar upgrades is appropriate for your home. 

How Does Solar Work?   

According to the Department of Energy, photovoltaic panels comprise 84% of US solar panels. Other types are made of cadmium telluride, copper indium gallium di selenide, and thin-film amorphous silicon. 

Solar panels convert sunlight into electrical energy through photovoltaic (PV) (made of silicon crystalline) panels or through mirrors that concentrate solar radiation. The PV panels absorb the energy once the sun shines on the cells. Then, the power creates electrical charges that move in response to an electrical field in the cell, allowing electricity to flow. This energy can be used not only for generating electricity but can also be stored in batteries or used for thermal storage.

All solar technologies function similarly but vary in efficiency depending on the energy output and material used.

7 Key Benefits Of Solar Sustainability Innovation

Recently, solar roofing has transformed. Initially, solar panels were bulky, expensive, and difficult to obtain. The advancement of monocrystalline (single silicon crystal) and polycrystalline (multiple silicon crystals) paved the way for smaller, lightweight panels. Although polycrystalline cells are less efficient, they are more affordable. 

Furthermore, new thin-film solar panels, being more flexible and lightweight, can be integrated into various surfaces.

  • Increased Affordability

With the federal residential solar tax credit, taxpayers can claim a 30% tax credit for the cost of solar systems on their income tax report. If you sign up before January 1, 2033, the tax credit will be reduced by 26%. More financing options allow you to purchase solar panels with less money. 

  • Variety Of Solar Options

With new forms of solar technology, there are more options based on your income and what works best for your home.

  • Energy-Efficient

Because solar panels generate power, it can be stored for later use, reducing the need to draw power for electricity constantly. Overall, this saves you money on your electric bill.

  • Electricity During Power Outages

If your system has energy storage or is off-grid, you can power your home during power outages. However, you may only have access during an outage with these modifications.

  • Low-maintenance

With no moving parts in solar roofing options, you rarely need maintenance. This helps you eliminate the extra cost of having to perform regular repairs.

  • Friendly For A Variety Of Climates

Solar panels work in cold and hot climates, allowing you to install them almost anywhere.

  • Don’t Need To Be A Homeowner

With the tax credit, renters and homeowners have access to solar panels. As a renter, you would need permission from the owner to install them, however. 

Solar Roofing Options

PV panels are long panels made of crystalline silicon that lay on top of the roof structure. They are the most common type of panel used because they are highly efficient and are becoming more available to residents.

  • Solar Shingles/Tiles

Solar shingles are mini solar panels that use the same PV effect to generate electricity from sunlight. We install them as part of the roof or as a separate component. 

  • Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)

Building Integrated PV serves a dual purpose. They can be part of a building’s exterior structure (walls or windows) or roof.  They are great for maximizing energy efficiency in commercial buildings. BIPV adds to the architectural appeal while generating electricity for on-site use or exporting to a grid.

Rely on Bay To Bay Roofing For Solar Roofing

At Bay To Bay Roofing, we are experts in solar innovation. With over 30 years of experience, we can help you with any roofing questions. Serving the Tampa Bay, Florida area, we prioritize customer satisfaction. We focus on

  • Repairs
  • Maintenance
  • Installation
  • Sustainable Roofing Options

Contact us now to book a FREE estimate or to speak with one of our representatives.