Swiss BIPV company SunStyle is expanding into the United States.
The company’s distinctive solar roofing shingles have been installed on hundreds of projects in Europe, including residences, churches, schools, businesses, government and industrial sites. In the United States, SunStyle’s “dragonscale” tiles can be seen on Google’s new campus in Mountain View, California, and are being installed on commercial and residential projects around the country.
SunStyle’s UL/IEC-certified solar roof shingles are made with monocrystalline PERC solar cells. SunStyle’s solar tiles meet both the industry standards for solar modules as well as the standards required by building and construction codes, including achieving the highest possible ratings for hail (FM 4473 Class 4), fire (UL 790 Class A), and wind resistance (ASTM D3161 Class F).
“We are encouraging greater adoption of solar energy by taking solar beyond functional and making it beautiful,” said Gene Rosendale, CEO of SunStyle. “As Americans continue to embrace solar at a rapid rate, we believe it is the perfect time to make our solar roof available to the U.S. market.”
With roots in the Swiss alpine region, SunStyle has been creating beautiful solar roofs since 2007. The company has continued to expand its European project pipeline and operations with offices in Switzerland and France. SunStyle will be exhibiting at upcoming U.S. architecture, roofing and solar conferences, including RE+ in Anaheim, California, in September.
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Although SunStyle has solar PV roof ’tiles’ there is still the roof piercings for each tile, setting up some kind of wiring trough in the attic and being able to use true RSD on each tile/module in the roof. I’m still not convinced that solar PV roof tiles aren’t more trouble than they are worth. When one can get something like the GAF black solar PV panels that are mounted right down on the roof with little standoff bracket requirements would make for a better all-around long-lasting system that is better for troubleshooting, repair and replacement of system components over an expected 30-year life expectancy.