Most housing developer’s initial impression of solar power has been supported by the myriad of retrofitted over-tile systems that have been installed, driven by the feed in tariff (FIT).
Fitting such a system to a new carefully designed property seems contrary to the philosophy of modern visually pleasing designs, but at the same time they wish to produce a home that is efficient to run and that utilises renewable technology that also helps to achieve this aim.
GB-Sol produces an aesthetic solution to this dilemma, the RIS roof integrated system.
By integrating the panels into the fabric of the roof and producing panels that are complimentary to the structure, the array will fit in well with most modern designs.
The RIS system is an integrated system and fits directly to the battens, or decking, of a new home so the developer only has to provide a suitable roof elevation (facing somewhere between East through the ideal South direction to West) to install an array.
The system is supplied complete with flashings and once installed the roofer just treats it like a large roof light and tiles around the array.
The Benefits of Solar Panels for Housing Developments
The RIS system has been tested under simulated hurricane conditions by BRE and we have over 20 years of installation history without issue.
Attracts the FIT and saves the new owner significant energy cost.
It replaces the roof covering for the area of the array, so saving between £50 -£150m² which can be offset against the cost of the installation. Typically a 4kW roof occupies around 23m².
The system compliments the property's design, and can be produced to fit most roofs whatever the shape.
Install it with a smart switch and the system will also heat the water system (through the immersion heater) maximising the energy used before exporting any unused energy to the grid.
And as one developer’s sales team commented “solar PV on our products is an amazing sales benefit”. So if you have been searching ‘Solar for Housing Developers’, give us a call today.