It’s possible to make the most of your roof by investing in photovoltaic panels; these represent a form of solar technology that can provide your home or business with an alternative source of electricity than the mains grid. By combining photovoltaic panels with comprehensive roofing solutions from companies such as Bauder, you can create a more robust roof and a way of generating alternative power, with many options available for reducing the initial cost of photovoltaics.
Photovoltaic panels depend on converting sunlight into heat and electrical energy; as well as generating electricity; photovoltaic’s can consequently also be used as part of a solar thermal system. Flat roofs can be particularly useful as a base for photovoltaics, in the sense that you can often fit more panels closely together on a flat structure. Advanced solar panel materials such as mono crystalline can also help to make your electricity generation more efficient over time.
The more photovoltaic panels you have installed, the more electricity you can generate. In time, this energy can represent a significant proportion of your annual usage, and can be further exploited in a number of ways; you can choose to sell your surplus electricity back to the main grid, while also looking into options for governmental feed-in tariffs that help you to cover the costs of your panels, and pay you for your extra electricity.
If you’re looking to make the most of your roof, photovoltaic’s can represent an essential part of roofing systems that use waterproofing membranes and insulating layers. For example, photovoltaic’s can work particularly well with green roofs, where a waterproof membrane is combined with thermal installation and vegetation to release oxygen into the atmosphere; by taking this approach, you can increase the effectiveness of your existing roof.
As a result, it’s worth looking at photovoltaic system installers that can take a broad based approach to your roof; integrated solutions that use lightweight designs and specially configured roofs alongside your panels can ensure that you’re going to be able to avoid issues with cracks and general wear and tear. These roofing systems and photovoltaic’s can also be designed in such a way as to be easy to maintain and upgrade, whether you want more panels or a more energy efficient roof.
With the range of feed-in tariffs and schemes currently available for photovoltaics and solar systems, now is an excellent time to make an initial investment in panels for your home or business. While start up costs can be high, you should view your panels as part of a long term investment, whereby you can both help the environment and improve your energy bills. When combined with green roofs and other innovative roofing solutions, you can add value to your home over time.
Author Bio: Sophie Wiggins blogs about the benefits of green technology and solar power for the home. She particularly recommends working with Bauder on finding the best photovoltaic solutions for your needs. She’s particularly looking forward to further improvements in solar technology in the future.