Alternative Solar Systems For More Energy Generation

Alternative Solar Systems For More Energy Generation

Renewable energy systems can extend beyond the roof with alternative solar technologies that enable builders to market more features than just energy generation.

Luxury clients place extra value on the home’s aesthetic appeal. Alternative solar systems, that add features without sacrificing the home’s style, can be an easy sell for style-focused luxury clients. According to the Austin Board of Realtors, 44 percent of luxury clients value energy-efficient design and 40 percent of clients want solar panels and on-demand hot water heaters.

Evacuated solar tube collectors, thermal hot water systems, solar shingles and more will shape the luxury solar market in 2017 and beyond. 

Builders need to get on board with these alternative technologies now to stay ahead of the curve.

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Evacuated Solar Tubes

Solar tube collectors are a great fit for luxury clients that value efficiency and design.
Solar tube collectors are a great fit for lux clients that value efficiency and design.

Evacuated Solar Tubes and Collectors

Evacuated solar tube collectors help a luxury home stay efficient without compromising design, because unlike traditional panels, solar tubes can be easily hidden on a roof or on the property.

Solar tube collectors use glass tubes and thermal energy to generate power. Due to the systems’ smaller design, these systems benefit over traditional panels through extended lifespans and improved ease of installation.

However, there is a major cost split between traditional panels and solar tube collectors. According to Solar Panels Plus, solar tubes cost between 30 to 40 percent more than traditional panels.

Earlier this year, TecHome covered a luxury home in Australia that relies on evacuated solar tube collectors to generate renewable energy. For more information on that project, click here.

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About The Author

Michael Black is a staff writer and content coordinator at TecHome Builder. He has a particular interest in new solar developments and smart energy systems and is always looking for the next smart home trend to cover. As the youngest member of the TecHome team, Michael brings a passion that keeps the team energized. He also is instrumental in leading our social media efforts.

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