Solé Roof Tiles: a New Look for Solar Power

Here's my short list of problems with solar power generation via photovoltaic cells: 1. poor ratio of cost savings vs. initial investment; 2. difficulty of finding reliable providers/installers; 3. problematic aesthetics. In my neck of the woods, #3 is probably the most glaring of the listed offenses. In fact, the valleys and farms of Western Colorado are fairly studded with those expansive black rectangles atop thick steel shafts, evoking a mixed reaction in yours truly (good for the earth but bad for the view).

Sol© Power Tiles. Designed by SRS Energy.

So I'm especially pleased about SRS Energy's new Sol© Power Tiles. Not that you'd know to look at them, but these curved roof tiles house a network of pv cells, thus providing a new generation of power generation, one whose look blends seamlessly with Spanish-style Tiles.

SRS Energy says this exciting new product offers an effective method of combat against the tiered pricing structure of electrical companies. Rather than relying on a room filled with huge batteries, the system ties in to the existing power grid, so homeowners realize savings as offsets to existing costs. And these savings are substantial, especially when dealing with the aforementioned tiered structure: "Solar power systems sized to eliminate the most costly, top-tier electricity charges can provide considerable monthly savings and a significant return on investment." The upshot is that Sol© Power Tiles can get users down into the lower tier (less $ per kilowatt of energy), so homeowners save two ways-actually three, if you factor in the long-term increase in home value for resale.

Solé Roof Tiles: a New Look for Solar Power

Solé Roof Tiles: a New Look for Solar Power

Solé Roof Tiles: a New Look for Solar Power

Solé Roof Tiles: a New Look for Solar Power

This smart financial investment that's also a wise environmental choice is reason enough to go with Sol©, but the real story is the unprecedented profile of the tile, which allows perfect integration with existing U.S. Tile Roofs. This company just happens to be the largest manufacturer of clay roof tiles in North America, so if you have Spanish tile, chances are good that you could integrate Sol©. The rich, dark shade of Sol© can be paired with U.S. Tile's pleasing earth tones, or, for new construction, you can hide the solar section amid the deep blue sea of your exceptionally green Sol© tile roof.

Posted August 18, 2010 by Joseph Starr

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