Solar shingles are rapidly becoming a viable rooftop renewable energy option for consumers, and their availability is expanding. They are not as cheap as conventional solar panels, but they certainly appeal enough aesthetically to some consumers to be worth the cost premium.
In a press announcement made yesterday, New York and New Jersey customers will now be able to install SunTegra solar shingles through solar contractor ACE Solar. SunTegra solar shingles are manufactured by New York–based Integrated Solar Technology (IST). According to IST, the partnership with Ace Solar will bring roof-integrated solar systems to more residential solar customers.
“There is a lot of existing and latent demand for an integrated solar solution from homeowners,” said IST founder and CEO Oliver Koehler. “Many homeowners interested in solar would prefer an integrated option but don’t know it’s available, and then other homeowners won’t put standard solar panels on their house as they are waiting for a more aesthetic way to go solar. We have heard many homeowners tell us, ‘This is what I’ve been waiting for!’ ”
Serving clients in New York and New Jersey, ACE Solar will now offer IST’s attractive solar shingles as an enhanced option for residential customers. IST’s SunTegra Shingle and SunTegra Tile Solar Roof Systems reportedly offer customers a viable and cost-effective way to integrate solar into their roofing system.
“We are very excited to bring a solar contractor as experienced as ACE Solar on board as a premier partner in New Jersey,” IST’s Regional Sales Manager Noah Siegel said in the press announcement. “ACE Solar’s regional experience and construction background make it a perfect match to work with IST, bringing the unique solar shingle solution to homeowners.”
The SunTegra shingle and tile products attach directly to roof decking or battens, and function both as a solar panel and a roofing material. Both IST products are UL 1703 certified and carry Class A fire ratings.
According to IST, ACE Solar sealed its partnership with IST after an inaugural residential SunTegra Shingle installation that took place in Morristown, NJ, in May.
“I have looked at solar products like these in the past, but none ever struck me as professionally-designed as the SunTegra shingle product,” James Van Ness said, the cofounder and director of engineering for ACE Solar.
He added, “With my engineering background, I was always concerned with the electrical connections. The SunTegra integrated wiring makes panel-to-panel electrical connections simple and keeps these connections protected underneath the modules. This is truly a safe and reliable roof-integrated solution that achieves the attractiveness that aesthetically minded homeowners are looking for when going solar.”
Founded in early 2013, IST partners with US solar integrators, roofers, and contractors interested in offering solar roofing systems.
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