Solar Panels and Solar Shingles
Solar panels convert the sun’s light and heat into electricity. They are adjustable, so that you can change their position according to the current position of the sun. This is required because the sun’s rays need to strike these panels perpendicularly in order to generate the maximum electricity. However, most families find that a solar panel install can only provide for less than half of their electricity needs. Another option for solar energy is solar shingles. These are like roof tiles and provide similar protection from the weather, but they also have the ability of generating electricity from the sun’s rays.
How to Install Solar Panels and Shingles
Since solar panels need the sunlight to strike them at a 90-degree angle, they need to be south facing in the northern hemisphere and vice versa. For homes in Sacramento, a solar panel would have to be installed at about 38 degrees. Solar shingles, however, have no such prerequisites. They should overlap each other on the roof – just like ordinary tiles. However, to produce the maximum possible electricity, they have to cover as much area as possible.
Benefits of Solar Shingles
Solar shingles are not only pleasing to the eye, but also lower your electricity bills and are environment-friendly. The newer shingles are also very easy to install and this kind of solar panel install takes a very short time. They also last for over 30 years and can withstand any weather including torrential rains or high winds. The best benefit is perhaps the fact that if you are producing excess of electricity than you use, then you can sell this excess to your power company.