This is the future: solar-energy-capturing products that look just like their non-solar counterparts. The Solé Power Tile is an electricity-generating tile that can be installed alongside traditional clay tile roofing (but only those made by US Tile). They're made from a lightweight polymer, so they're lighter than traditional tiles. The biggest catch is that they only come in one color. These tiles can generate up to 500 watts per 100 square-feet — comparable with that of traditional solar panel installations. According to the manufacturer, about 20-25% of an average roof would feature the solar tiles and the rest would use traditional tiles, but they all look pretty much the same (but perhaps a bit more glossy). Sustainable Features:
- The roofing systems produce a natural air flow beneath the tiles which claim to reduce cooling requirements of the home by 5-20%. If only they came in white.
- According to the manufacturer, the tiles take less time than conventional solar panels to generate the same amount of energy required to produce them.
- Cadmium free and non-toxic.
- The polymers employed in the tile can be recycled once the product reaches the end of its life.
SRS Energy via SeattlePi.