SolTech Energy: Nothing says "afterthought" like a rectangle of solar panels slapped onto the roof of a house with no visual relationship with the rest of the structure. Swedish company SolTech Energy brings solar in a different direction with their roofing tiles, made from ordinary glass in the shape of (gasp) ordinary roofing tiles. Why has no one thought of this sooner?
"Houston’s new construction code for residential properties favors the use of solar energy.... The Houston City Council recently approved a new construction code for single family homes, townhouses and condos that means the builder has to use roofs with a surface of at least 600 square feet that are oriented to the west or the south to make it easier to install solar panels."
"Convert Your Home to Solar Energy" covers planning, installing, operating and maintaining a residential solar energy system, as well as all the relevant solar technologies, including solar space and water heating, photovoltaic electricity and secondary uses such as pool heating. Read an excerpt from "Convert Your Home to Solar Energy" on active solar space heating systems for the home.