In October 2019, Tesla Motors announced the launch of Tesla Solar Roof V3, the company’s third version of its integrated solar glass shingle. Among several updates, version three included larger tiles, lower production costs, increased power density, and an easier installation process. Additionally, the total number of parts in the product was decreased. Tesla predicted that these changes would significantly reduce the cost of the product; recently, however, the company has increased prices on previously quoted systems, without a lot of explanation.Continue reading
In this week’s news round up, we’re discussing a proposed new federal incentive and an important update in solar financing.Continue reading
In this week’s weekly news roundup, we discuss several important updates from Tesla and a promising new report on the future of U.S. energy storage.Continue reading
You don’t have to install solar panels on your roof to go solar – solar roof tiles are an innovative solar technology that can also help property owners save on their energy bills just like traditional solar panels. In this article, we’ll review the key differences between solar shingles and their solar panel counterparts, as well as weigh the pros and cons of a solar shingle installation.Continue reading
In the spring of 2017, Tesla announced pricing for its solar roof product: a roof replacement for your home. Four years later, Tesla is now on its third version of its solar roof and installations are becoming more widespread across the country. The solar roof requires that you replace your existing roof with Tesla’s blend of non-solar glass tiles and solar-enabled glass tiles.Continue reading
Let’s face it – warranties aren’t the easiest (or most gripping) documents to read. There are often a lot of details and fine print included that can be hard to digest, leaving many to wonder: what does the warranty actually cover? Am I vulnerable? Anything I might be missing?
To make it as easy as possible, we’ve read warranty documents for the top solar equipment manufacturers–and talked to them to confirm what is and isn’t included–and plan to point out the most important aspects of each in a series of articles. For our second article in this series, we’re diving into the warranty of a company well-established in both solar and roofing: CertainTeed.Continue reading
When you think of solar, rooftops or open fields with panels generating renewable electricity probably come to mind. However, solar products have evolved – and now, there are many options available under the umbrella of “building-integrated photovoltaics”, or BIPV. BIPV products merges solar tech with the structural elements of buildings, leading to many creative and innovative ways to generate solar electricity.Continue reading
CertainTeed is a large North American manufacturer of building materials, including solar panels. Established in 1904 as the General Roofing Manufacturing Company, it is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain SA, a 300-year old materials company based in Paris. They typically manufacture their solar products in either Vietnam or the United States.
Whether you’re debating the merits of CertainTeed vs. SunPower panels or simply trying to evaluate your solar PV options, a thorough review of solar panel product specifications is the best way to be confident in your solar investment. EnergySage’s CertainTeed solar panel review breaks down all of the details to evaluate how CertainTeed compares to other solar panel brands on the market.Continue reading
Homeowners across the country have their eye on Elon Musk’s Tesla Solar Roof, a much-heralded innovation for the solar energy industry. However, there are already roof-integrated solar panels available on the market, also known as solar shingles. SunTegra is one of two major companies producing and installing solar shingles in the United States.Continue reading
NOTE: As of 2020, RGS Energy has filed for bankruptcy, and Dow has stopped producing POWERHOUSE shingles.
Solar is more popular than ever, but some homeowners can be concerned about the look of a solar panel installation on the roof of their home. Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), and more specifically, solar shingle and tile technology, are intended to fix that “aesthetic” problem for solar shoppers who are sitting on the fence. RGS Energy is the latest company to enter into the solar shingle business.Continue reading