In-roof solar panels, also known as integrated solar panels or solar roof tiles, are photovoltaic modules that are designed to be installed directly into the roof of a building, replacing or integrating with traditional roofing materials such as tiles or shingles. Unlike traditional solar panels, which are mounted on top of an existing roof, in roof solar panels are integrated seamlessly into the roof structure itself.
The integrated panels are specifically engineered to be part of the building’s architecture, providing a more aesthetically pleasing and streamlined appearance compared to traditional solar panel installations that some consider an eye sore. They are designed to fit flush with the roofline, giving the roof a uniformed look.
South Scotland Solar Ltd are MCS approved solar installers with experience installing in roof solar panels in different parts of Scotland.
Given where we are located, most of our installations have been in Edinburgh, Lothian and The Borders.
Roof integrated solar panels are best installed during new build constructions or as part of a roof replacement project. They are also popular on commercial properties and property development projects due to their stylish design.
Installing in roof solar panels involves a careful process to seamlessly integrate the solar modules into the roof structure of a building. Here’s a general overview of the steps typically involved in the installation of roof integrated solar panels:
Here’s a general overview of the process:
Site Assessment: A professional solar installer assesses the roof structure, its orientation, shading factors, and the available sunlight to determine the feasibility of the installation.
System Design: Based on the assessment, the installer designs the solar energy system, including the placement and configuration of the in roof panels.
Roof Inspection: The existing roof is inspected to ensure it is in good condition. Any necessary repairs or replacements are made before the solar panel installation.
Structural Analysis: A structural analysis is conducted to ensure the roof can support the additional weight of the solar panels and the mounting system.
Panel Integration: Roof tiles or shingles are removed in the designated areas, and the in-roof solar panels are integrated into the roof structure. They are mounted securely and aligned properly for optimal energy production.
Electrical Wiring: Wiring and electrical components are installed, connecting the solar panels to the inverter and the building’s electrical system.
Inverter Installation: A solar inverter, which converts the DC electricity generated by the panels into usable AC electricity, is installed. In some cases, micro inverters might be used, providing individual panel level optimisation.
Monitoring System: A monitoring system may be installed to track the energy production of the solar panels and system performance.
Inspection: The installation is inspected to ensure it meets local building codes and safety standards.
Testing: The system is tested to verify that it is generating electricity as expected and safely integrating with the building’s electrical system.
Important Documentation: As an MCS installer, South Scotland Solar Ltd provides all the necessary documentation, including warranty information and system specifications upon completion of your installation.
Approval: If planning permission was required, the installation is approved by local authorities.
It’s crucial to hire a licensed and experienced solar installer to ensure the installation is done safely, efficiently, and in compliance with regulations.
Pictured below is a successful in-roof solar panel installation South Scotland Solar Ltd completed.
Roof integrated solar panel installation Scotland
In roof solar panels offer several benefits compared to standard solar panels, popular for new builds and modern property developments. Listed below are the main advantages of installing roof integrated solar panels:
In-roof solar panels blend in with the overall roof design, enhancing the visual appeal of the building. They are available in various styles and colours to match different roofing materials.
As you can see from our pictures, all black in roof solar panels are very slick.
Since they are integrated into the roof structure, in-roof solar panels do not require additional ground or roof space. This is especially beneficial for properties with limited space for solar installations.
Solar installations, especially integrated ones, can enhance the value of a property by making it more energy efficient and sustainable, which is increasingly appealing to potential buyers.
As long as they are installed during a buildings initial construction or a roof replacement, roof integrated panels are designed for straightforward installation. They can be seamlessly integrated into your roof, at this stage.
It is however important to note that if you want in roof solar panels after a roof has been installed, it costs much more due to the complexity of the installation at this stage.
Integrated design allows for precise alignment, ensuring optimal sunlight absorption, which can enhance energy efficiency and overall energy production.
In-roof panels are usually inclined, allowing debris to slide off naturally. They require minimal cleaning and maintenance compared to traditional panels, which can accumulate dirt and dust on their surfaces.
In-roof solar panels are available in various styles, colours, and materials, allowing homeowners to choose options that match their architectural preferences and roofing materials.
High-quality in-roof solar panels come with warranties, ensuring long-term performance and durability. They are designed to withstand various weather conditions, providing a reliable and long-lasting energy solution.
It’s important to note that the efficiency and cost of in-roof solar panels can vary based on the type of solar panel used and if you have solar battery storage installed with them.
There can also be additional costs depending on your different installation requirements.
Below are common customer enquiries (FAQ’s) regarding roof integrated solar panels, accompanied by our respective responses:
In-roof solar panels, also known as integrated solar panels, are photovoltaic modules designed to be seamlessly integrated into the roof structure, replacing or merging with traditional roofing materials.
In-roof panels are integrated into the roof itself, creating a unified, aesthetically pleasing look. Traditional panels are mounted on top of the existing roof, standing above the surface.
In-roof panels blend with the roofline, providing a sleek, cohesive appearance. They eliminate the visual contrast associated with traditional mounted panels, enhancing the overall look of the building.
Yes, in-roof panels come in various styles, colours, and materials, allowing customisation to match different roofing types and architectural preferences.
In-roof panels usually require minimal maintenance as they are inclined, enabling debris to naturally slide off. Regular cleaning is generally straightforward due to their integrated design.
Installation on existing roofs is way more difficult and will cost a lot more. It is best to install in roof solar panels during a buildings construction or a roof replacement.
Yes, in-roof panels offer similar energy efficiency as traditional panels. Proper installation and orientation ensure they capture sunlight effectively, generating renewable energy for the building.
Yes, just like regular roof mounted panels, in-roof solar panels can be integrated with battery storage systems, allowing excess energy to be stored and used during periods of low sunlight or power outages, enhancing energy self sufficiency.
With 15 years of experience within the electrical industry under his belt, Callum decided in the autumn of 2021 the time was right to start his own business. He passionately believes in the power of solar energy and helping his customers enjoy the many benefits it has to offer. If you are thinking about converting your home or business to solar and would like more information South Scotland Solar would love to hear from you.
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