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A waterproof layer of thermoplastic olefin is laid down before installing the solar panels.
All vents are routed to gable walls and eaves rather than through the roof to minimize the risk of leaks and provide an uninterrupted plane for PV panels.
ENERGY STAR reflective shingles cover the roof, which is ideally angled for solar panels.
Lithium-ion batteries charged by the solar photovoltaic panels provide 200 amperes of standby electricity to critical circuits in case of power failure.
Power production from the Integrated solar shingles helps cut electric bills to $71 a month for this home in North Carolina.
PV is installed on all available south-facing roof surfaces.
PV panels provide shade while producing power over this 5-story multifamily project in San Francisco.
Renewable resources on this self-sufficient home include 22 kW of sun-tracking photovoltaic panels, a 3.2-kW wind mill, batteries for power storage, a solar thermal water heating system, and nine 10,000-gallon water tanks.
Roof penetrations are minimized to provide more space for PV panels.
Rooftop portion of thermosiphon solar hot water system
Shed roofs provide more space for PV panels in this multifamily project near Denver,  Colorado.
The 6 kW of solar panels consists of a solar shingle product that is similar in size to asphalt shingles and is integrated into the roof to provide most of the home’s power needs.
The asymmetrical design of this home offers a large uninterrupted south-facing roof plane for solar photovoltaic and solar thermal panels.
The home’s energy management system tracks energy and water usage and production. A 40-kW battery storage system is the home’s first source of power, with the grid connection serving as a backup.
The photovoltaic panels sit in a waterproof plastic tray that was installed directly on the roofing underlayment, then surrounded with roofing shingles.
The photovoltaic system comes with a readout screen showing power production.
The simple gable roof is constructed at an unusual 6.55 pitch that allows exactly four and a half sheets of 4-foot- wide coated, taped roof sheathing to be installed as the roof deck with enough space at the peak for a continuous ridge vent.
The varied roof pitches offer multiple options for solar panel placement regardless of home orientation for these production homes in Colorado.
Thermosiphon solar hot water system.
These inverters convert the power from the home’s 6.8-kW of photovoltaic panels from DC to AC for connection to the grid; the inverters can also be connected to batteries for backup power storage.
This builder installed a PV panel awning over his multifamily project in San Francisco.
This home was made PV ready with the installation of conduit and a dedicated electrical outlet for wiring from the roof to the circuit breaker box on the first floor.
Wall space is provided next to the electrical panel in the garage for the home’s photovoltaics system.