Solar panels in disguise

August 10, 2015 by John Hatcher
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Solar panels in disguise

A new concept in building integrated PV products from Romag means property aesthetics, building design and visual appearance need not be compromised by rooftop solar Installations.

The new Intecto integrated solar PV tile is specially designed to fit seamlessly alongside standard residential and commercial roof tiles and is available in a range of colours to match existing roof coverings.

The system has been specifically developed to enable architects, housebuilders and roofing contractors to provide an effective rooftop PV solution with a conventional appearance and without any compromise in solar power production.

Installed directly and securely onto wood roofing battens using a guaranteed fixing system, the frameless Intecto units sit flush with conventional interlocking concrete, clay and terracotta tiles and can be used to provide a whole roof PV solution if required.

The lightweight tiles reduce roof loading, eliminating the need for any roof reinforcement, and contribute to higher Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM ratings.

Kevin Webster, Romag’s technical director, said: “There has been considerable recent debate about the aesthetics of solar panels and how colour matching may compromise the effectiveness of solar PV products.

“By successfully blending into the roofscape and maintaining power output efficiencies, Intecto successfully overcomes both these challenges and provides an effective solution to the need to maintain the integrity of a building in its local surroundings.

 “As a result, the system has the potential to revolutionise roofing and building practices and brings a new dimension to the ability of building integrated PV products to replace conventional materials and add renewable energy performance to a property.”

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