Solarwatt Easy-In BIPV roof system acquires MCS certification

by Solar Selections on November 29, 2011

Solarwatt BIPV Easy-In roofing

Solarwatt is a German solar photovoltaic (solar PV) panel manufacturer based in Dresden. In addition to standard solar modules, the company also provides off-grid solar and building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions. Their Easy-In BIPV roofing systems have recently been granted MCS certification.

What are the advantages of BIPV solar modules?

Solarwatt BIPV Easy-In Roofing solar panels

Solarwatt BIPV Easy-In Roofing solar panels on a commercial building in Germany. (Photo via Solarwatt.)

BIPV is a fast-growing section of the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry in the UK and around the world. In addition to the obvious electricity generation benefits that standard solar PV arrays afford those who install them, BIPV installations also offer much in the way of energy efficiency and electricity use avoidance and associated savings.

Although they generally come with a higher price tag than ordinary roof-mounted solar arrays, BIPV modules shave costs off construction and renovation by acting as a seamless substitute for traditional building materials. Additionally, they also cut down on the labour costs associated with solar system installation and roof construction or replacement. Further benefits may be found in a well-designed BIPV component’s potential to reduce a building’s operational costs by providing insulation benefits. For all these reasons, when considering the entire working lifespan of a building, BIPV can be an attractive option.

Solarwatt Easy-In BIPV modules now approved for installation in the UK

Solarwatt BIPV Easy-In Solar Panels

Solarwatt BIPV Easy-In Solar Panels (black) blend seamlessly into a standard roof. (Photo via Solarwatt.)

Solarwatt’s Easy-In modules are high-performance monocrystalline solar panels (up to 19% efficiency using the most tried-and-tested solar PV technology commercial available) that also serve as a weather-proof roofing material. Installation is simple and intuitive–they attach directly to roof battens, slot together with tongue-and-groove joints, and no additional mounting system is required. A passive ventilation system behind the panels means that heat build-up is minimised, allowing for better performance than conventional frame-mounted panels. Easy-In modules are available with either natural-coloured aluminium or sleek, all-black frames (top image).

Their recent MCS certification means that Easy-In modules are approved for installation in homes in the UK, and CE certification means that they meet all relevant legislated EU standards for both roofing materials and solar PV panels. If you are building a new home or renovating a new one, Easy-In solar modules may be a worthwhile investment for your home.

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Resources and links:

Solarwatt Website (All images via Solarwatt)

SolarPowerPortal.co.uk, “Solarwatt’s Easy-In roof system receives MCS accreditation

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