Solar power is increasingly becoming a viable option in new construction projects as energy prices rise and the installation cost of solar arrays come down. But despite the desire to save energy and conserve natural resources, many building projects avoid onsite power generation options because solar arrays can detract from the aesthetic of the building. Besides the often utility look of traditional rack-mounted solar modules, designing a roof structure to support the additional weight of solar modules can be both a financial and practical limitation.
Today, however, new solar module technology allows for elegant simplicity that can provide for abundant energy generation without disrupting the architectural lines of a roof. Flat, flexible, peel and stick style solar modules offer a wide range of installation options that are fast, affordable, lightweight, and attractive. As an additional benefit, new flexible solar modules are also much more durable and resilient, especially in high wind zones.
- Describe how traditional solar power generation operates in residential and light commercial applications
- Identify some of the common limitations and challenges with traditional solar power generation arrays
- Compare the differences between flexible solar modules and traditional rack mounted units
- List the benefits of flexible lightweight solar power systems