The saying, ‘roof over my head,’ may come to have more than one meaning as more home owners consider creating electric energy for their homes from the very roof over their heads with solar roof panels. Now, it used to be that solar panels on roofs resembled large unattractive rectangular devices that would protrude from building roofs. These are known as solar collectors or photovoltaic modules. You will actually see quite a few of these put on by Kansas City roofing companies.
Solar panels on rooftops have now been taken to another level. The panels are now being installed as part of the roof top covering and are shaped just like normal roofing materials like asphalt shingles and roofing tiles. These shingle shaped solar roof panels lie flat on your rooftop and fit in with the existing roof through a mounting system. In the future, traditional roof coverings may be replaced by solar roof shingles. Many companies like Atlantis Energy Systems, OKSolar.com, Dow Jones, Solary Century, and others are starting to offer these products. The future seems bright with competition as the solar market explodes.
The biggest downside to roof top solar panel systems has been cost, however they are becoming more affordable all the time. A solar panel roof system can cost between $12,000 and $35,000 depending on the roof size1. However, many times they pay for themselves within 5 years, and can last up to 30 years2. The federal government and many states are offering rebate programs to help lower the installation cost of solar energy for home and business owners. For more information on this please contact us at www.kansascityroofingpros.com
The biggest benefit of solar roofing panels is the ability to generate electricity. A square meter solar panel can produce up to 150 watts of electricity3. Some homeowners actually send energy back into the electrical grid and get paid by their power company to do so. As electrical rates continue to rise, solar roofing panels have great potential to become a means for homeowners to create affordable renewable electricity for their homes.