Specialty and Architectural Solar Installations
Most of our solar installations are roof mounted arrays using conventional modules. These typical projects “sing” with electricity production and are increasingly popular, but there are other types of solar panels that we often use in special situations. The two we use most are:
- solar roofing shingles, and
- the LSX architectural panels made by Lumos.
Experience has shown that both of these products are very effective in the right circumstances. A typical solar installation using these specialty products begins when the architect or end user contacts our firm to discuss the project he or she is considering. One of our solar consultants will look at the plans or job site to obtain the required information so that we can provide a cost of installation and an estimate of the electrical power generation that can be attained. We always provide a turnkey solar solution, including estimating, electrical generation projections, furnishing materials, installation, assistance with paperwork for incentives and a long-term limited warranty.
Building Integrated Solar Shingles
Solar roofing shingles, which incorporate solar collection directly into roofing material. The premier solar roofing system is the state-of-the-art solar roofing system manufactured by CertainTeed Corporation, based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
With solar shingles, the roof of a building has an appearance similar to typical residential roofing material. The solar roofing acts as both roof covering and energy source, paying profits every month over its useful lifespan of at least twenty-five years.
Apollo II solar roofing has a low-profile, unobtrusive appearance. It costs a bit more per square foot than conventional modules, but some homeowners find this acceptable because they prefer the building integrated approach. Solar roofing is most practical when a new roof is being installed, either at the time a home is built or when it is re-roofed.
Solar roofing is applied only to the areas of the roof that get adequate sunshine, while the rest of the roof is covered with regular roofing material. Its energy output is similar to conventional solar modules.
The product is designed to work on any sloped roof with a pitch of at least 12:4. Solar roofing requires little in the way of upkeep, although it should be kept clear of any leaves or other materials that could interfere with sunlight.
A great advantage of the Apollo II system is its durability. The roofing material is so tough that our technicians are able to walk on top of it during installation. Another nifty benefit of Apollo II is that it is very light. Unlike conventional solar modules, no structural engineering is required before it is installed.
At SunUp Solar, we enjoy distributing and installing CertainTeed’s products. CertainTeed is solid. It is a hundred year-old, publically traded company with billions in sales. It will be there to stand behind its warranty.
For more details or technical specifications on the Apollo II system, you may visit http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing/solar/341624 Contact SunUp Solar to get an estimate or purchase materials.
Lumos Architectural Solar Panels
Lumos Solar based in Boulder, Colorado manufactures the marvelous LSX solar panels used in many specialty situations, particularly awning and roofing systems. These panels are frameless, low-profile and translucent, making them extremely attractive in situations where they will be highly visible.
We need to locate solar panels where sun is the strongest and sometimes that is on the front of a building. Using Lumos panels in an awning configuration can make for a very attractive installation, which most people do not even recognize as solar panels.
Structural roof applications are another great use for this product. Greenhouses, sunrooms, carports, patios, canopies, pergolas and deck covers are perfect candidates for a roof made from these panels. Their translucency allows light into the space below the roof, while capturing enough of the sunlight to create a profitable stream of solar electricity.
In roof applications, hail resistance may be required, depending upon the geographic area. Lumos’s extra thick, tempered glass panels have been tested and shown to withstand intense hail. Architectural Testing, Inc., a company that specializes in testing and certifying homebuilding materials, subjected the panels to its most rigorous hail impact test which follows the ANSI FM 4473 test procedure. The panels withstood impact from two-inch ice balls fired from an air cannon at up to 83 miles per hour, earning this product a Class 4 rating.
These premium modules also feature integrated wireways and railing system.
We have found the Lumos LSX panels to be an outstanding product with high performance and virtually no call backs.
For more details or technical specifications on the LSX architectural product, you may visit http://www.lumossolar.com/content/pdf/LSX250_201407.pdf Contact SunUp Solar to get an estimate or purchase materials.