A new solar energy option is now available in the northern Midwest, with the first solar roof system being installed in Manhattan this week.
The Solar Roof, or the so-called Solarglass, isn't just a few fancy-looking solar panels that go on your typical roof. Instead, it's a complete integrated system, featuring:
- Solar tiles
- Non-solar Tiles;
- Metal Trim, Vents and Flashing on roof edges and corners;
- Inverters and Electrical Hardware to take the DC power and convert it to AC for your home.
Tesla Solarglass is a glass-shingled tile that incorporates built-in photovoltaic solar cells that create direct current when exposed to the sun.
The solar cells in Solarglass tiles are very similar to those used in typical solar panels. But the Solarglass tile is your roof, not an element on top of it - the photocells are under impact-resistant tempered textured glass.
The Solarglass tiles are interconnected in strings to produce high voltage DC, which is converted by inverters into alternating current. The AC is selectively fed to your house, Powerwalls, or the grid - depending on how you configured the system in the Tesla app.
Weddle and Sons Inc, a Certified Solar Roof Installer from Manhattan, has recently become a certified Tesla solar roof system installer. Now the company is accepting orders for new installations in Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska.
The first solar roof system being installed in Manhattan this week.
Tesla Solar Roof is designed to withstand the effects of the storm, so it can easily be installed on homes located in the Midwest.
“These shingles are designed to take a inch and three-quarter hailstone, direct hit to them, without breaking, and so, with it being also tempered glass, when it does break they’re very small fragments.” Weddle & Sons Inc. Roofing, Vice President of Operations, Josh Gilmore says.Follow @EvaFoxU
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