Solé Power Tile – Integrated Solar Panel Roofing

Philadelphia-based company SRS Energy is a leading developer of sustainable solar roofing systems. The Solé Power Tile created by SRS Energy is the first curved building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing product, designed in collaboration with US Tile. The eco-friendly blue barrel-style tiles can be seamlessly integrated with US Tile’s traditional clay tiles. 

The product employs thin-film solar technology that incorporates triple-junction amorphous solar cells made by UNI-SOLAR. The tiles are rated at 860 kilowatt hours per square (or per 100 square feet) annually in an area with “5.8 peak sun hours” per day. The Solé tiles are also lightweight, unbreakable and fully-recyclable. Their shape allows air to flow underneath, reducing a building’s cooling needs.

The Solé Power Tile has just passed a key milestone. SRS Energy has obtained an ETL listing report certifying the Solé Power Tile has passed the testing associated with the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) UL 1703 standard. Passing this is the prerequisite for any solar photovoltaics to be approved by the State of California as eligible for CSI rebates from utilities. In June, the factory will be inspected, and then the Solé Power Tile will likely be included on the CEC approved module listing on July 1st.

SRS Energy’s Solé Power Tile system won the Gold prize in the Industrial Design category of the 2010 Edison Best New Product Awards.

More information you can find here.

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  1. Wow, Solar Girl!

    So, you are telling us that tiles generate 860 kilowatt hours per square annually in San Diego? Luckily, there are a few installations in that area with the same PV material SRS Energy is using, and they generate 15% less kilowatt hours than what SRS Energy claims.

    It is also not true that SRS Energy has obtained an ETL listing report certifying the Solé Power Tile has passed the testing associated with the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) UL 1703 standard. ETL's web site is clear on that. Of course, you can always call ETL and they will confirm to you that SRS Energy's tiles are NOT UL 1703 certified. Period.

    And, of course, the tiles won't be included on the CEC approved module listing on July 1st.

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