Modernization seems to be approaching fast for the solar energy world. The latest in the business of innovation seems to be the photovoltaic roof tiles that has everyone excited. The roof tiles come equipped with solar cells that are the epitome of efficiency and their USP lies in the fact that they can be roofed and tiled by almost anyone. And they do not differiate between the new and the old either. Apart from the newly constructed, one can use these for old buildings as well which are in need of a revival.
The first question that comes to everyone's mind now would be; How easy the installation really is? The advantage point for the photovoltaic roof tiles is that they can seamlessly fit in together with the interlocking tiles that you can find at most of the homes nowdays. Get yourself a plug-in connector and once you are done with the installation, you can wire the tiles together in a jiffy. This custom installation has been one of the prime reasons that have given the roof tiles their much publicized popularity. It simply fits in with your existing architecture, no new construction or overhauls.
If all the benefits mentioned are not enough to turn your mind towards the roof tiles, we have something that will certainly be. What if these tiles could become an investment? Well, that's what they are. Install the roof tiles and you would not have to worry about your electricity bill. Considering that these tiles easily have a life of over 20 years, that is a lot of money saved, do not you think? Not to forget that you may get a lot of incentives from the providers for using the tiles in countries like UK and USA apart from giving the world some reply for the energy crisis.
The photovoltaics are now increasingly finding favor all over the world as the result means in the construction of new buildings. When incorporated in large buildings, the integrated photovoltaics have the disadvantage of costing more than the traditional method of construction for the same building. This disadvantageant though can be offset by the reduction in the cost of construction that occurs when the roof tiles replace the material that would have been used otherwise.
Any excess electricity can be sold back to the grid too. The incentives that various countries offer to those who use the integrated photovoltaic roof tiles seem to vary from one country to another with France being the leading nation. Essentially, this incentive is provided to those who install the tiles in lieu of the electricity that they would be generating and providing to their local electricity grid. While France pays an extra premium of EUR 0.25 / kWh, the incentives offered by United States varies from state to state.
One of the fastest growing sectors of the photovoltaic industry, these tiles seem destined to become the common source of power as we think of the future. With the pressure for use of renewable sources of energy mounting from all corners, innovations like these are present a hope for the energy crisis ridden world.