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Here is a picky of a new build "green" home near where I live. What I do like is how the PV panels are built into the roof.

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Is this something that could be done to an existing roof that is being "extended" and would have roofers/scaffolding/need to move tiles on the job?

Curious only at this stage.

Thanks
 
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darkwood

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You sure they are PV i can see the tile ridges all along each row, think its just deco'
 

darkwood

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You saying they are really solar panels designed to look like the real slate, now thats impressive, shame they didn't match the original with them to blend in better.
 

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I suppose the issue is that slates and solar panels will age differently. Even if they look similar when they are installed they will start to look different after only a few months.
 

BruceB

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I have looked at that sort of solution a few times and never got the numbers to work. They cost an arm and a leg, even taking into account not buying slates, and because they are built in they get hotter and are less efficient.
 
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What a great install. Glad to see some new build PV that looks good, and isn't a token effort! Solar Slate ltd do something similar, I would not be able to tell from those pic's what manufacturer this is though...
It's still all very expensive v's normal PV at the moment...
 
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my thoughts exactly Bruce B !

I cant see any extra roof vents, as I would certainly want to have extra ventilation !
 

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Personally I hate the bolt on look, but I could live with those.

Even if they don't fade to match in the future, at least it can be seen that the house owner / landlord is making a good effort.

The extra costs have probably been factored into the total package, i.e. making the difference between whether they sell or not at this time.

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They do look nice, even factoring the saved slate they are **** expensive, we costed them for a new build job last summer, client went with traditional panels in the end (They would have cost more that twice the price).

However, get then start to be made in a chinese factory, and who knows, same price as cod and chips next week :)
 
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redland also do a system for more standard tiles rather than slate. Obviously the colouir match is a bit off though!!
 
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Octopus

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redland also do a system for more standard tiles rather than slate. Obviously the colouir match is a bit off though!!

To be honest a colour mismatch isn't an issue, I particularly like the fact that they aren't attached to the outside of the roof!
 
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I was thinking of going this route and did a lot of research on it because I much preferred the look too. However the sheer inefficiency of such panels compared to bolt on the roof panels just put me off. Solar panels definitely seem to benefit from as much cooling as they can get.
 
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We are a partner of Solar Century and complete installs for them in Scotland. The Solar Slates are really nice to look at but as already mentioned they cost more and are less efficient. We have lots of inquiries about them but once people see the difference in price compared to on-roof most go for on-roof rather than solar slate.

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