One problem many people have with solar panels installed on the roof of a home is that they can stick out like a sore thumb. One company, United Solar, has an answer to this which it recently unveiled: the solar power collecting PowerShingle, produced under the company’s Uni-Solar brand.
The PowerShingle is said to be the first ever, UL-approved, standard production residential solar module roof shingle available for the U.S. photovoltaic marketplace. The design is made to keep the solar panels low profile on one’s roof, essentially blending into an existing shingle design. United Solar made use of lightweight and very flexible laminates in creating what looks like asphalt shingles that are glass-free, encapsulated in UV-stabilized, weather-resistant polymers and said to be very tough.
One thing not immediately clear from the literature available from United Solar is how capable these solar shingles are in terms of producing energy. Still, if they can deliver as United Solar hopes they will, the company could have a hot product on its hands for those who want clean energy in the home but don’t want to look at panels on the rooftop.
Like what you are reading? Follow us on RSS, Twitter and Facebook to learn more and join the green technology discussion. Have a story idea or correction for this story you are reading? Drop us a line through our contact form.