Install a Solar Photovoltaic Roof to Generate Free Electricity

Terri Suess and Cheryl Long discuss how you can save money and reduce pollution when you install a solar photovoltaic roof.



The landmark thin-film building integrated solar roofing project built by the National Association of Home Builders in Maryland in 1996.
The landmark thin-film building integrated solar roofing project built by the National Association of Home Builders in Maryland in 1996.
PHOTO: STEVE HECKEROTH
Uni-Solar's breakthrough solar electric roofing comes in rolls or shingles and can be applied directly over plywood. A thin layer of amorphous silicon generates the electricity. The silicon is applied to a stainless steel foil and then coated with a flexible, weatherproof polymer.
Uni-Solar's breakthrough solar electric roofing comes in rolls or shingles and can be applied directly over plywood. A thin layer of amorphous silicon generates the electricity. The silicon is applied to a stainless steel foil and then coated with a flexible, weatherproof polymer.
UNI-SOLAR
Who would ever know this roof is a solar electric power plant?
Who would ever know this roof is a solar electric power plant?
DANIEL MARINO
Renewable-energy specialist Stephen Heckeroth driving his electric tractor. He uses solar panels (including those visible on the barn roof in the background) to charge the batteries that power the tractor.
Renewable-energy specialist Stephen Heckeroth driving his electric tractor. He uses solar panels (including those visible on the barn roof in the background) to charge the batteries that power the tractor.
STEVE HECKEROTH
Pam Chang beams from the top of her new thin-film Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) roof on her home in Berkeley, California.
Pam Chang beams from the top of her new thin-film Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) roof on her home in Berkeley, California.
STEVE HECKEROTH
Even a south-facing porch can provide homemade electricity.
Even a south-facing porch can provide homemade electricity.
DANIEL MARINO
Uni-Solar's breakthrough solar electric roofing comes in rolls or shingles and can be applied directly over plywood. A thin layer of amorphous silicon generates the electricity. The silicon is applied to a stainless steel foil and then coated with a flexible, weatherproof polymer.
Net metering is a win-win for the utility and the homeowner.
STEVE HECKEROTH











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