Solar panels on a GERARD Corona roof
Now in the midst of a major energy crisis, solar panels are in even higher demand than previously when sales were only driven by the trend for renewable resources.
In a nutshell, what is worth knowing about solar technology?
Photovoltaics (‘PV’) is a solar power technology for generating electricity using semiconductor devices known as solar cells. PV permits electrical energy to be supplied from a clean source – the Sun. Solar ’’Modules’’ or ’’Panels’’ are made up of a number of solar cells, and these can then be combined into solar systems. A PV system can be connected to the grid in systems with a peak output ranging from a few hundred watts to tens of megawatts or more. They can also meet the needs of those who require electricity, but who have no access to the grid.
When a PV or solar panel system is installed to supply power to a building, the system usually feeds electricity back into the utility grid when the electricity generated exceeds the building’s requirements. What are the advantages?
- Less distribution loss because the system is installed at the point of use
- No extra land is required for the PV system
- The costs of mounting the systems can be reduced if the system is mounted on an existing structure.
- Compared to an off-grid system, costs are less because energy storage is not required, which also improves the system efficiency.
Why should we seriously consider this form of energy supply?
Enormous price fluctuations and the shortage of oil and gas in recent months have highlighted our strong dependence on these resources and have added an additional argument for the introduction of renewable energies. PV is a key technological option for making the shift to a decarbonised energy supply. Furthermore, PV and other renewable energies are the only ones to offer a reduction in prices rather than an increase in the future.
Why can a GERARD Roof with solar panels be one of your best decisions ever?
Solar panels on a GERARD Alpine roof
What are the important advantages of GERARD roofs when considering the installation of a PV solar system? GERARD roofs are:
A GERARD metal roof can outlast many other roofing brands by decades due to its strong, corrosion-resistant steel core and stormproof installation.
Metal roofing is a sustainable roofing solution that can be recycled and reused.
- Energy Efficient
The combination of a coated metal roof and solar panels further lowers energy consumption, ultimately resulting in high energy efficiency with cost savings.
- Return on Investment
Many building owners are now replacing their old roofs with metal roofs, especially because of value for money. Several factors contribute to making traditional roofing more expensive or less durable compared with strong metal roofs, that can last many decades while withstanding severe storms.
Solar panels are easy to install on metal roofs and GERARD is available with a compatible solar holder system. We will share more about this in our next blog, but now please check out the accessories used for solar panels on GERARD roofs.
Make sure that the solar holders penetrate safely through the roofing structure.
See below for the solution from GERARD:
Gerard Solar Holder 2G:
GERARD solar holder is ideal for installing the solar system safely without drilling.
No leakage, quick installation.
Advantages of the Solar Holder 2G
- Fits beneath the tile panel, avoiding penetration of the roof covering. Water-tightness is thus ensured and the original 50-year warranty on the roof is not compromised
- Made solely of high-grade Aluminium. Therefore, there is no possibility of galvanic corrosion of the roof tiles.
- Easy to install.
- Great flexibility: base plate with 3 adjustable height settings (40/47/54mm) for use with different batten/tile heights.
- Compatible with all Tile and Shake profiles from the GERARD range.
Making the most of solar panels on a GERARD Alpine roof
Solar holders can be installed together with the roof tiles, or at any later stage.
The right choice of standard elements for the insertion of power lines is also vital for keeping your home dry.
Fitting solar systems on roofs involves a significant leaking hazard.
GERARD Tube tiles have been designed to protect homes precisely from this type of leaking.
- Tube Tile 1 Hole – with rubber sleeve to stop water:
As you can see, the good news is that the GERARD stone-coated steel roof mounts make the installation process fast and smooth. GERARD Tube Tiles are developed specially for feeding pipes or electric cables safely through the roof surface.
Watch this space, because we will CONTINUE THIS TOPIC in our next blog!
How to install solar holders and tube tiles on GERARD roofs
See you next time!