As a home builder, you work with a dozen or so clients every few years. If you’re a large firm, you work with a few dozen clients over about two years. Home building projects take a long time compared to a new roof installation or a landscaping job. The profit of your project depends on the efficiency of your design-build process.
Many home builders have stayed away from the solar industry due to the extra time it takes to install a solar power system on homes. Prior to now, solar panels have been cumbersome and time-consuming to install. At RGS POWERHOUSE™, we understand. However, we’ve found a solution to help home builders offer solar technology for little-to-no extra time added to their complete project. The best part? You can charge more for the BIPV system installation, which means you make more. What’s a BIPV system? In this post, we share why you need to offer solar shingles, otherwise known as building-integrated photovoltaics.
What Does BIPV mean?
The term building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) simply means that the installation of the solar technology directly affects how the structure functions. For example, a BIPV product would be the POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 solar shingle. It integrates directly with asphalt roofing shingles, and it accomplishes two goals. The first is that it generates clean energy from the sun. The second is that it acts as roofing like your asphalt shingles, protecting your home from the external environment.
How Do BIPV Solar Shingles Work?
The photovoltaic technology works the same as prior solar technology — only more efficiently. It collects sunlight and converts it into direct current (DC) voltage. The DC voltage is then sent to an inverter where it’s converted into alternating current (AC) voltage near your utility meter. Once the voltage is converted into AC, you can use it in your home for your appliances, electronics or any other battery-operated devices. What’s more, you can use the power you generate with your solar shingles to charge your car, if it’s electric or hybrid.
The solar shingles remain cool due to the ventilation system, and, depending on the size of your POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 BIPV system, the shingles can generate enough energy to power your home for days. Add in some solar storage batteries, and you can become completely energy dependent.
Why BIPV Solar Shingles Are Great For Home Buyers
Home buyers are becoming more conscious of their environment. When they decide to purchase a home, let alone build a custom one, they want to know their decision is in the best interest of the environment and their community. Not only are home buyers become more conscious of their decisions, they want their lifestyle to be a part of something greater than being able to say they purchased a home.
Here are the benefits home buyers experience when they buy a home that includes solar roofing technology:
Reduced/Eliminated Utility Bills
When you sell solar roofing with your home building packages, it gives the home buyer the power to be energy independent. They gain control over the cost of their energy, whether they go completely off-grid or they use their solar for a majority of their energy needs. Thousands of dollars saved up front is a huge benefit to those buying a new home.
Increased Energy Dependence
A giant hurdle for home buyers purchasing solar technology is the cost. Granted, a solar shingle system takes on average five to seven years to start returning on its investment; however, a long-term minded home buyer will see the value in the 12 to 15 years following the payoff point.
What’s more, the less the home buyer has to rely on the market’s price point for energy, the more secure they will feel in choosing to install solar roofing for their home.
Improve Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
As mentioned above, the environmentally conscious want to make a difference with their lives. A huge way to make a difference on the environment is to install a solar roof. The pollution emitted from manufacturing and producing solar shingles is substantially less than the equivalent in fossil fuels.
Do you build homes? Are you looking to distinguish yourself from the competitors in your area? Offer POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 solar shingles to your potential customers. Submit your information today to get started!