SOLAR GETS STYLISH TILES BECOME POPULAR OPTION PROS AND CONS
INSTALLATION: Panels need to be attached with a bracket, which means cutting or drilling through the existing tiles. Ensure your installer checks that the roof can handle the weight of panels. Solar tiles need to be implemented with matching roof tiles, which will involve replacing at least part of the existing roof. EFFECTIVENESS: Panels used to be superior but recent developments have improved the efficacy of solar tiles so these days the two are comparable. COST: Panels and tiles are both more affordable than they once were. Panels are still cheaper but as more homes opt to install tiles, they will become more affordable. TIME: Tiles may be faster to install than panels, but this depends on the type of tiles you choose and how much of the roof you elect to cover. IF YOU’RE a greenie with a bit of cash in the bank, you might want to think about solar tiling your roof.
The magic slabs aren’t mainstream but Lyle Stowe, NSW construction manager for Monier Roofing, says they are becoming more popular.
“Once people see how nice the tiles look, they become more of an option,” Mr Stowe said.
The tiles do sit well with the plane of the roof but those keen on the aesthetic appeal should be prepared to pay 40 per cent more than a grid-connected solar panel.
The Government’s Small-scale Technology Certificates rebate scheme might soften the blow, al- though this cash prize.
STCs live online in the Renewable Energy Target registry database. They can be traded or sold.
Mr Stowe said solar tiles offered better protection from roof leaks than panels because there was no drilling into the existing roof tiles.
And that question you have about whether grey skies mean no power? It isn’t silly. Photovoltaic tiles and panels use light energy from the sun to power your home.
Less sun equals less energy, although Mr Stowe said the effect was minimal.
To be on the safe side, install a battery. This will store energy for when the weather is overcast.
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Lyle Stowe says solar tiles are becoming popular.