Truly Environmentally Friendly?
Also called a photovoltaic system, solar panels offer definite benefits. Of course, there is the fact that the energy generated by this equipment is less damaging for the climate than heating oil or natural gas. One weakness, however, is that Quebec’s hydroelectricity is ten times less polluting than solar power.
Their Two Main Advantages
Photovoltaic systems offer the most benefits to cottages or isolated residences, located some distance from the national power grid. They can, moreover, be a useful backup source of electricity in the event of an outage at any time of the year, even on bitterly cold winter days!
For All Types of Properties?
To harness the greatest amount of sunlight throughout the day, the roof should preferably be oriented toward the south, or at least toward the east or west. Tall trees, vents or chimneys should shade the panels as little as possible. Ideally, the photovoltaic system is installed flat and where it can easily capture the sun’s rays. The residence’s geographical location must equally be considered. There are fewer hours of daylight at higher latitudes.
New More Discreet Models
Some people don’t like the look of rooftop solar installations. If you also find them unattractive, you may be pleasantly surprised by the latest photovoltaic systems. Today’s panels are available in a wide range of shapes, colours, and textures. There are even some solar tiles that mimic the appearance of ordinary roofing.
It would even seem that Tesla is looking to get a slice of the pie. The multinational corporation has acquired SolarCity to produce photovoltaic roof tiles for the commercial and residential markets. With Tesla’s designers at the helm, it’s a safe bet that these systems will be quite eye-catching.