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Tesla Solar Roof – RGS Energy Powerhouse – Hanergy Solar – and others. The market definitely believes that you homeowners are interested in a product different than standard rectangle solar panels. In my history of residential solar construction, I met plenty of homeowners who were focused on aesthetics.

The Harergy play is interesting for two reasons 1. Hanergy is a big company and can make something happen. 2. Hanergy is using a thin film solar cell, and they are one of the world’s leaders at making a high efficiency thin film product.

SOURCEThe new Hantile features a single rather than double layer of glass with each tile weighing only 5.2 kg (~11.5 lb). With Hantile, Hanergy has pioneered the use of ultra-white tempered glass, which features a transmittance level of 91.5%, and possesses extreme durability and ability to withstand heavy impacts. The single glass Hantile is also highly wind resistant and able to generate power at temperatures ranging from -40 to 85 degrees Celsius, and humidity higher than 85%. Hantile features a life cycle of up to 30 years, longer than traditional roof tiles.

Here are my images of the Hanergy Solar shingles last September – Front Side:

Backside:

By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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