SRS Energy, a leading developer of sustainable solar roofing products, has completed one of the first residential installations of the Sole Power Tile(TM) system at a residence in Bermuda Dunes, CA. The Sole Power Tile(TM) is the first building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing product designed for curved roofing systems.
"This installation illustrates how homeowners can go green and make smart, sustainable choices without compromising curb appeal," said Marty Low, CEO of SRS Energy. "The revolutionary design of the Sole Power Tile system will enable this home to generate clean solar energy for decades to come."
The Sole Power Tile system seamlessly blends with several styles of US Tile's clay tiles, providing energy and preserving the home's roofline, unlike unsightly roof-mounted solar panels. The combination of clay and solar tiles delivers the Spanish-style aesthetics of traditional curved clay tile roofs commonly found in the Pacific West and Southwest.
The Sole Power Tile system employs cutting-edge thin film solar technology, valued for its ability to convert a greater range of light - including the light at dawn and dusk - into solar energy when compared to other solar technologies. The curved design of the tile allows for greater air circulation under and around the tiles, helping to prevent degradation in performance caused by the region's desert heat.
SRS Energy installed approximately 300 square feet of Sole Power Tile on the residence's roof. The tiles are expected to generate approximately 2,400 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The Bermuda Dunes home is one of several demonstration installations SRS Energy and US Tile are undertaking this summer to support the product's launch. The homeowners will be able to install a larger solar upgrade beginning this fall when commercial shipments commence.
The Sole Power Tile system was installed in three hours by Roof Tile Specialty, a Sole-Certified US Tile contractor based in the Palm Springs area. Sunshine Solar Energy of Costa Mesa, CEC-approved solar contractors, installed the system's off-roof components to the utility grid.
SRS Energy and US Tile are currently launching the Sole Power Tile system in select West Coast markets, and will begin a nationwide rollout of the product in spring of 2010. The Sole Power Tile is backed by a full product warranty that ensures reliability for both design professionals, contractors and their clients. For more information, visit www.srsenergy.com.