Solar panels are getting cheaper and more affordable with every passing day. Solar energy, which till recently was the prerogative of those especially concerned with environmental issues or had deep pockets, is now finding its way into most American households. The ongoing advancements in, and the subsequent proliferation of solar technologies are contributing to its rising popularity.

Photovoltaic Shingles

Today, more and more houses are installing solar panels to harness the energy of the sun without burning the pocket. The sun is a massive storehouse of abundant energy. Modern science and technology has made it possible to tap into this vast energy pool and harness some of the sun’s energy to be used in various ways beneficial to mankind. The best thing about the sun’s energy is that it is free! If one is able to harness even a fraction of this virtually limitless energy reserve, huge savings can be realized in one’s energy consumption bills. In fact, using solar energy is a great way for offsetting our regular energy consumption.

The opinion about solar energy is pretty much unanimous that it is a clean and cost-alternative energy source. And because of being a clean option, there are many alternative energy incentives that are also being offered by local authorities.

Photovoltaic shingles are a veritable godsend for those who feel uncomfortable about the large size of conventional solar panel systems. Photovoltaic shingles, as the name itself suggests, resemble shingles and are meant to be used as such. The only difference is that they are actually a lot more than ordinary shingles. Owing to their small size (about the size of an ordinary roofing shingle) and appearance, they perfectly sit on the roof of the house and will trick anybody to believe that they are just regular shingles. Although they are black, they do not standout from the roof in the manner of panels.

The technological breakthrough that makes this new technology possible is the invention of thin film photovoltaic cells. Known as “amorphous silicon thin alloy technology”, it marked a happy departure from conventional thinking and designing. Each super thin cell is fabricated with utmost care to effectively capture different spectrums of the sun’s rays. They are usually stacked in layers and as such, became extremely efficient at producing power.

Building an effective solar energy system in the house needs some amount of familiarity with the process. It does pay to know where to find the best deals on the various parts needed to set up an effective system, how to choose the best location, how to install the system and wire it and so on. The only way to achieve that is by following a safe, proven and effective step by step system. What you need is a guide, a manual that can help you in this.