Solar shingles are far less obtrusive than bolt-on modules, but they are less efficient, too.
Solar shingles and solar roofing are examples of new â€œthin-filmâ€ photovoltaic technology referred to as â€œbuilding-integrated photovoltaics,â€ or BIPV. Solar shingles are designed in the standard size and shape of asphalt shingles so that they can be unobtrusively integrated into an asphalt shingle roof.
Solar roofing, or BIPV, can take the form of solar shingles or roofing tiles that contain solar cells.
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