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Published on October 27th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan

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“Peel ‘n Stick” Solar Panels



Ever wish you could just stick some solar panels on your roof? Yeah, not likely you have, but whether you have wished that or not, the truth is you can.

Lumeta Inc. is one company that has developed “peel ‘n stick” solar panels that are available for use on homes or other buildings.

The PowerPly 400 panels use monocrystalline technology (a material commonly used in photovoltaic solar cells) and can be installed in 60% of the time required to install a tradition solar PV system. Additionally, there is no need to mount racks and labor costs can be reduced by up to 50%.

As you could easily presume, these solar panels weigh considerably less as well, 40% less. This, combined with low-height design, prevents water from pooling on the roof, something that can ruin both roofs and modules.

Concerned about if the solar panels are sticky enough? Don’t be. CalFinder Solar reports that ”the ‘sticky’ properties of this adhesive, which is compatible with metals, modified bitumens (tar) and single-ply roofing membranes, exceed all wind uplift requirements for roof-mounted solar modules.”

Of course, these solar panels are quite easy to install. Lumeta details the installation process with a short video right on their site. And as they write, it just requires these 7 steps:

  1. Mark the array with chalk lines prior to installation
  2. Peel the release paper off of the butyl adhesive and lower module
  3. Adhere module to roof, applying firm pressure with a broom
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until all modules are installed
  5. Line up battens or Oly Blocks between junction boxes and thread wire
  6. Connect the wires to the junction boxes
  7. Complete electrical assembly as you would any PV system

Currently, these solar panels can only be purchased directly from Lumeta and only in quantities greater than 250 kW.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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  • Julian Gwangju

    The most important thing that this article does NOT mention is that this company is clearly and directly linked with Du Pont. Case closed. Top-tier evil corporation since way back. Wait for the competition to put something better and cheaper out. Or even better, put something better and cheaper out yourself.

  • http://promotethanet.blogspot.com/ Don

    oNLY SHOWN ON FLAT IE HORIZONTAL ROOFS WHAT ABOUT PITCHED TILED ROOFS? oops sorry has roof to be flat or will it contour for tiles slates etc if not it is very restricted? Costs no one mentiions cost is it a secret every instal is different but an approx never hurt untill it is surveyed otherwise people like me think its too expensive and maybe can afford iit .

  • Enviko Solar Panels

    We will look forward to working with such an innovative product in the future… :)

  • http://www.havenbrow.co.uk Martin Steele

    Anything that makes installation easier is welcome, but smaller quantities would help MCS accredited domestic installers like myself operating in the UK.

  • Scott Meenen

    So how much does someone need to understand about electricity and electronics before becoming a dealer?

  • http://www.solarenergyexplorer.com Chaitanya Patankar

    This innovation is sure to make things easier…
    But the reverse effects of every individual solar cell will surely have a deteriorating effect on each of the panel.

    • cb

      ..”reverse effects of every solar cell will surely have a deteriorating effect on each of the panel.” I do not understand this comment.

  • Frank

    Good article but sketchy on details. Cost per watt, etc.?

  • http://www.dimensionbuildlv.com Las vegas Remodeling

    This looks like a very easy application for remodeling contractors and DIY homeowners alike. But what I would like to see is an increase in the KW production end of the panels themselves.Higher producing panels would invite a greater increase.

  • http://www.selfsufficiencyclub.com George

    This sounds really good. I’m happy green technology advances at such a rapid pace. :)

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