These tiles hold small solar panels that don't carry the same visual weight of their heavier and previous counterparts. Instead, they blend in seamlessly with the roof. Unless you're checking things out from a helicopter, you probably wouldn't know any different.
By making solar panels more attractive to homeowners, they become a viable option to many who have been holding out for less bulky options than we had seen previously. They're made by the Italian company, Area Industrie Ceramiche which is aiming to bring sustainability to historical architecture. These roofing tiles (called Tegolasolare) are made from a red clay spray-dried ceramic mix that looks like tradition terracotta tile, but with an embedded photovoltaic panel. They connect together in such a way that if one is broken, it can be removed individually without harming other panels in the immediate area. Super cool, huh?
Stay tuned on pricing information as it's yet to be released. It's a great step in the right direction and it just reminds us how exciting it is to live during this time of technological innovation in the green movement!
Via: 3 Rings
(Image: Area Industrie Ceramiche)