Country Lore: Solar Slates

This reader cut back on his energy costs with Sunslates.
February/March 2005
http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/solar-slates-zm0z05zsie.aspx




After several years of research on solar technology, we had our south-facing roof replaced with photovoltaic (PV) Sunslates. These imported lifetime slates, although heavier than composition shingles, are lighter than a tile roof.

We have the first roof of this solar slate technology in northern California’s Tuolumne County. With it we power all of our electrical appliances and a pool pump. Atlantis Energy Systems of Sacramento is the importer [(916) 438-2930; www.atlantisenergy.com]. The slates are rather expensive, but there are state and federal rebates available. We have not received an electric bill in two years.

Doug Daniels
Sonora, California