From Printed Solar Cells to Sustainable Metal Roofing Solutions

By: Katherine Pendrill - Feb 1, 2017
With a growing number of consumers interested in adopting a more green lifestyle, there has been a huge increase in the demand for solar roofing solutions. However, it is clear that consumers want these eco energy solutions to not only be sustainable, but to also be affordable, easy to install and aesthetically pleasing.

When it comes to making solar panels easier to install, a number of companies have developed lightweight products that reduce the amount of labor needed for installation. For instance, SunTegra has developed ultra-lightweight Solar Singles that are specially designed for direct-to-roof installation. Similarly, Solafast and Norwood are working on printed solar cells that could be easily added to rooftops without the structural burden of heavy panels.

On the other hand, many eco energy companies have sought to create solar roofing solutions that are more aesthetically pleasing than the traditional rack-mounted panels. This is particularly important when it comes to historical buildings, which cannot have their architectural integrity compromised by bulky solar panels. Some companies making solar roofing solutions that help to preserve curb appeal include GAF, SolarCity and Forward Labs.