Are solar roof tiles worthwhile?
Just like conventional solar PV panels, solar
roof tiles can generate electricity to heat water, run the appliances and cool
But they have other advantages:
no need to drill holes in the roof to install them.
not bolted onto the roof, so there's no extra strain from natural wind flow.
much more resistant to cyclonic winds than solar panels, and in our strength
and impact testing for hail damage, they often perform as well or better than
conventional roofing materials.
However solar roof tiles cost more than the
regular PV set-up.
How can I tell if my solar system is damaged or underperforming?
If worried about hail damage - As a general rule of thumb, if there's no roof damage than the panels are unlikely to be damaged. If you suspect there may be some damage or underperformance from your solar, you can either do a self-assessment based ...
The business case for a home to install solar / What size solar do I need?
We advise people to install a system that’ll generate at least ½ your Winter daily usage. If you can install a larger system, that will probably be beneficial (depending on your energy use), and you will be more likely to still receive a feed-in ...
Will my roof withstand solar?
• Most roofs in good condition will support the typical solar panel’s 10-20 kg per square metre. However, your roof does have to be in good condition. • If it needs any repairs or replacement, take care of that before installing any solar panels. A ...
Will the system affect my existing roof?
• Tile Roofs - No roof tiles are broken during a solar installation. To support the panels, installers remove the tiles, install brackets to the rafters, and then re-install the tiles in their original state. • Metal Roofs - To ensure that your solar ...
Can you install solar if you have a flat roof?
• If your roof is flat, your solar system may require tilt frames (and thus additional expense) for optimum sun exposure.