Style that’s through the roof: the benefits of a different kind of solar

Posted 11/11/2019 by E.ON

Shout it from the rooftops –  ‘roof integrated solar panels’ are here!

Admittedly, these words don’t exactly roll off the tongue, but we’re here to shine a light on the state of the art panels which are helping to usher in a new dawn for solar innovation. 

Making a house a home

Everyone wants to feel at home in their house. Our homes reflect who we are, they provide the setting for some of the most memorable moments in our lives and they offer a place of solace from an increasingly busy world.

Solar panels have become a welcome addition to many home rooftops in recent years, with the UK now having over one million solar powered homes. Indeed, we have become accustomed to the look and feel of classic on-roof solar panels, often characterised by a slight protrusion from the roof. 

So, what on earth are these newer ‘roof integrated solar panels’ then? Well, essentially, they are a different style of solar panel. Instead of sitting in front of roof tiles or slats, they replace them. This means that the solar panels form part of the roof itself, rather than being an addition to it.  As such, these solar panels have a sleeker look and feel to them, which might well suit the tastes of many UK homeowners who are looking to improve their energy efficiency and be grid independent.

Built to last 

Besides the more cohesive aesthetic appeal, these solar panels also have several practical advantages over traditional on-roof solar installations. The advantages include simpler maintenance, easier installation in new roofs and resistance to high winds.

Integrated or not, solar panels generate electricity during the day - yes, even in the depths of winter! - which can power your home at night if paired with storage technology, like batteries. This means that your power can be used in the way that best suits your needs, day or night, or even on the road if you have an electric car.

Innovation in renovation

Whilst integrated (or ‘in-roof’) solar panels tend to be a little pricier than traditional on-roof versions, costs can be significantly reduced if the installation is done as part of a refurbishment, re-roof or self-build. So, if you are planning some major building work to your home or your future home, this new solar option could be worth consideration. 

We’ll never let the sun set on our solar offerings and there’s plenty of information on how we can help you choose a solar panel option that best suits you and your home. 

For now, though, we hope news of this latest solar innovation has helped to brighten your day.


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