Roof Integrated Solar Panels

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What are integrated solar panels?

Integrated panels, also known as roof integrated solar panels, are solar panels that are seamlessly embedded into the roof frame of a building. Unlike traditional panels that are mounted on top of the roof tiles, in-roof panels blend in with the overall roof design, providing a more cohesive and aesthetically pleasing solution for harnessing solar energy.

Compared to standard on-roof solar panels, there is no need for extra roof tiles or racking underneath the array, meaning that any repair work does not warrant the need to decommission the panels to reach the roof tiles underneath.

In over a decade of successfully installing solar around Manchester, Cheshire and the rest of the North West, we have found that some people are put off by the appearance of solar panel arrays on the roof of their buildings, especially domestic properties. With in-roof solar systems the panels are integrated as part of the roof structure, providing a discreet and clean finish.

How are in-roof panels different?

When comparing in-roof solar panels to standard on-roof panels, one of the key differences lies in the installation process. In-roof solar panels are integrated into the roof itself, replacing roof tiles, while standard panels are mounted on brackets fixed between the roof tiles.

The installation of in-roof solar panels involves removing roof tiles and installing weatherproof flashing to ensure a watertight seal. The panels are then integrated seamlessly into the roof, resulting in a sleek and streamlined appearance. On the other hand, standard panels require visible mounting brackets that are fixed between the roof tiles, creating a protrusion from the roof.

In terms of aesthetics, in-roof solar panels offer a more seamless and integrated look, as they blend in with the rest of the roof. Standard panels, on the other hand, have visible brackets that can detract from the overall appearance of the roof.

Overall, the installation process and visual impact of in-roof solar panels differ significantly from standard on-roof panels, with in-roof panels offering a more integrated and aesthetically pleasing solution for solar energy generation.

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Pros and cons of in-roof panels

When considering solar panel options for your home, the benefits are clear: energy savings and a reduced carbon footprint. However, integrated panels have some notable differences to standard panels that make them an attractive option for a wide range of roof types.

Advantages of integrated panels

Currently, with all new-build properties and extensions, government regulations require that roof tiles are fixed with nails or clips, and with previous solar installations, this meant more time consuming work to remove roofing, placing and fixing solar panels, and then re-roofing as needed. In-roof solar panels can easily be installed before the new roof is placed, and as the solar array mounts slide over one another and fix into place, meaning they are completely weatherproof and the lightweight.

The recyclable materials of these panels do not add any extra weight to the roof of your property. In-roof solar systems also meet current SAP and local planning permission standards, meaning a hassle-free, cost effective and straightforward install. SAP is a standard assessment procedure to rate the energy efficiency of buildings. The only official government rating system, SAP ensures that any new build or new additions to existing properties comply with government regulations.

Being part of the roof panels also means no risk of bird infestations, which can cause damage and effect the performance of your entire solar system.

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Other benefits of in-roof panels include:

  • Can be installed on roofs with pitches between 12°– 50° and on wood or metal structures

  • High wind resistance and tolerant to large snow loads

  • Simple and fast installation process, saving on labor costs

  • Manufactured with high-pressure polypropylene injection moulding technology for flexibility and resilience to shock and temperature variations

Disadvantages to integrated panels

While there are many benefits to choosing roof-integrated solar panels, there are also some factors to consider before making a decision.

One slight disadvantage is that these panels operate at a higher temperature than traditional on-roof panels, resulting in slightly lower power output. Additionally, retrofitting roof-integrated panels into an existing roof can be more complex and labor-intensive compared to installing on-roof panels. Furthermore, the embedded nature of in-roof panels can lead to some maintenance issues, as reaching the underside of the panels requires a more labour intensive process.

However, despite these drawbacks, the improved aesthetics and seamless design of roof-integrated solar panels may outweigh these concerns for some individuals.

Energy Storage and Saving on Energy Bills

One of the best ways to maximize the benefits of solar panels is by combining them with energy storage solutions. Battery storage allows you to store excess electricity generated by your solar panels for later use, rather than exporting it back to the grid. By using battery storage, you can reduce your reliance on the grid during peak times and the self-consumption of your solar energy, ultimately leading to lower electricity bills.

In addition to battery storage, another effective way to save on energy bills with renewable solar energy is by integrating solar panels with heat pumps. Heat pumps are a low carbon heating system that can be powered by electricity. By using your solar panel system to power a heat pump, you can lower both your electricity and heating bills, further increasing your energy savings.

Overall, combining solar panels with energy storage solutions and other renewable technologies can help you maximize the benefits of solar energy, reduce your carbon footprint, and save on energy bills in the long run. If you are a UK homeowner interested in going solar and exploring energy storage options, contact us today for a free, no-obligation quotation.

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What are my options for in-roof equipment?

When it comes to in-roof solar mounting equipment, there are several reputable brands to choose from. Each brand offers unique features and benefits that cater to different needs and preferences.

GSE Integration is known for its lightweight, watertight, and affordable in-roof systems. These systems are designed to fit around 90% of Solar PV Panels in the UK and can be installed on roofs with pitches between 12°–50°. GSE in-roof systems are certified MCS, ensuring that your solar panel system will qualify for export payments. Additionally, GSE systems are well-manufactured and designed to withstand high wind and snow loads.

Viridian Solar offers the Clearline Fusion system, which is cost-efficient and compatible with traditional solar panels. These systems are sleek, aesthetically pleasing, and do not require much retrofitting for installation. They are also wind resistant and robust against environmental elements.

SolFit provides integrated PV systems that use high-efficiency Bisol laminates manufactured in the EU. These systems allow for free-flow of air under the panels, resulting in better performance. SolFit systems come with guarantees for PV manufacture workmanship, weather tightness, and linear performance. They are suitable for installation with tile and slate tile roofs and come with all the necessary certifications.

Overall, each brand of in-roof solar mounting equipment has its own strengths and advantages. Whether you prioritize affordability, aesthetics, performance, or durability, there is a brand that caters to your specific needs. It is important to carefully consider the features and benefits of each brand before making a decision on which in-roof system to install.

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Future-Proofing Properties with Integrated Solar Panels

Installing solar panels on any new build property provides a great way to meet the energy efficiency requirements of building regulations. Atlantic Renewables offer SAP compliant work on all our solar panel installs.

As a fully certified solar installation company, Atlantic Renewables provides a BBA approved and MCS certified product, and as we also provide professional roofing services, we can provide a comprehensive in-roof panel system install for your home or place of business in Greater Manchester.

Matt, a recent client of ours in Lymm, opted for a 16 JA Solar 5.2 kWp system in a sleek, all-black with a Solis inverter. The Atlantic Renewables team finished off this install within one working day, we were able to fix the panels into place with the correct flashing and aprons, ready for our clients roof to be placed without hindering the process or any possible damage to the solar system.

In-roof solar panels are fixed as part of the roof covering, giving the appearance of a velux window. Matt's property now has a renewable energy supply in line with SAP (standard assessment procedure) and government energy efficiency standards for years to come, without compromising the aesthetic look of his roof.

If you are looking for a solar panel installer, get a free quote or give the Atlantic Renewables team a call on 0161 207 4044 for expert help with design, commissions and install on your new build or property renovations.

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