Solar shingles make it possible for your home to become a self-sustaining, electrical generator using the clean, renewable power of the sun by helping generate the electricity to power your needs.
When solar shingles are installed, they perform like conventional shingles but with an added benefit of generating electricity, helping to offset your electric bill. On the outside, neighbors see a clean, good-looking roof. On the inside, you’re making your own electricity.
Disadvantages of solar shingles can be added costs for installation; your roof structure will need to be checked by a qualified installer to determine if the structure can handle the extra heat. If you're building a new structure, contact a solar expert to check the architect's drawings and help determine if a flat or weak angled roof could prevent the installation. In addition, the shingles can't make energy when the sun isn't shining.