The Roofers Guide To Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Shingles


As a roofer, have you considered extending your business into the solar industry? Do you know of any competitors in your area that would be able to bid against you for projects? How many times have you been asked about solar shingles or solar roofing tiles while on face-to-face with a potential customer?

You want to make more money per roofing project. You want to expand your business. What’s the best way to do both with one product? Make the move into the solar industry. At RGS POWERHOUSE™, we offer roofers our POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 solar shingle systems so that they can upsell asphalt shingle roofing projects and make more money with less work.

If this sounds like an expansion you want to make with your business, read the rest of this post. We share the specifics on building-integrated photovoltaic shingles (BIPV), and how you can benefit from becoming a professional POWERHOUSE™ solar shingle installer.

What is BIPV?

Let’s start with the basics. BIPV stands for building-integrated photovoltaics. As you may assume, the BIPV technology is integrated into the building’s structure. For example, you would install the POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 shingles with your asphalt shingles. The BIPV system integrates with the customer’s roofing material so it takes you little-to-no extra time to install, but it offers you a higher price point for your project.

Choosing BIPV over other solar technologies comes down to price, ease-of-installation, and environmental impact. Overall, solar technology is falling in price due to the demand for alternative energy resources. BIPV systems like POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 solar shingles are easier to install than other solar technologies. Finally, solar shingles drastically reduce carbon-emission of manufacturing and homes.

BIPV Vs. BAPV

You may have heard about building-attached photovoltaics (BAPV), as well. The primary difference is that BIPV integrates with the building’s structure while the BAPV attaches to the structure. For example, the POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 solar shingle system integrates with asphalt roofing shingles, and solar panels attach to the roof via a frame and rails. Furthermore, the BIPV system has direct effect on the structure’s function. POWERHOUSE™ solar shingles have a direct effect on how the home’s roof functions. This is why it’s considered a BIPV.

How does BIPV work?

BIPVs collect sunlight and converts it into direct-current (DC) energy. The DC energy is then directed to an inverter next to the power meter, which then converts the DC energy into alternating current (AC). This is the type of energy you use throughout your home and other battery-operated devices and items.

Here are the general components to a BIPV system:

  • Solar shingles
  • Charge controller
  • Power storage system (batteries)
  • Power conversion (inverter)
  • Integration hardware

Why Offer BIPV To Customers?

When you offer BIPV Solar shingles for sale to your customers, it’s important to understand why it will benefit them. Not only do the features of a BIPV system greatly increase your customer’s energy independence, but this type of system will also decrease—and in some cases eliminate — their utility bills.

Here are the biggest benefits of solar shingles for your customers:

  • Utilize Renewable Energy Source
  • Reduce/Eliminate Utility Bills
  • Increase Energy Independence
  • Help Protect/Save The Environment
  • Provide Diverse Applications
  • Low Maintenance Costs
  • Beautiful Aesthetic

You benefit from selling solar shingles, too. RGS POWERHOUSE™ utilizes BIPV technology so that you can install the 3.0 solar shingles with asphalt roofing material. This offers a variety of benefits. Here are the biggest benefits you recieve when your offer the POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 solar shingle system to your customers:

  • Make More Money Per Project
  • Spend Little-To-No Extra Time Installing
  • Differentiate Yourself From Competitors
  • Win More Customers
  • Learn New Technology
  • Gain Status as a sought-after Solar Roofing Installer

Why Choose RGS POWERHOUSE™

As the exclusive domestic and international manufacturer for POWERHOUSE™, RGS Energy provides roofers with innovative and visually stunning building-integrated photovoltaic shingles. The Dow Chemical Company developed the technology, and it’s currently installed on over 1,000 homes across the United States.

If you’re a roofer looking to expand your business, you will benefit from adding solar technology to your product line. POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 solar singles are more than a solar roof. They are the future of solar technology.

Ready to offer solar shingles to your customers? Submit your information to RGS POWERHOUSE™ today!

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