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A detached garage offers more space to place solar panels with likely fewer roof penetrations and more options for roof pitch and orientation.
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.
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.
Roof penetrations are minimized to provide more space for PV panels.
The asymmetrical design of this home offers a large uninterrupted south-facing roof plane for solar photovoltaic and solar thermal panels.
The photovoltaic panels sit in a waterproof plastic tray that was installed directly on the roofing underlayment, then surrounded with roofing shingles.
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.
This home’s south-facing roof provides adequate space for both a solar electric system and solar thermal hot water system.