Adding solar panels to a roof covered with cedar wood shingles has often been an issue in the past due to the additional weight imposed onto the roof trusses.
Most modern-day roof trusses can often accommodate additional loads. However, some early Colt buildings covered with cedar wood shingles was never designed to take the extra load.
This is now possible to achieve thanks to the new innovation of Viridian Solar Clearline Fusion integrated solar panels.
Working closely with Environment Logic Ltd (the installers), we recently carried out this new system successfully together in Kent.
The cedar wood roof shingles on the roof was nearing the end of its life and was due to be replaced. This was the ideal time to take advantage of some solar passive gain.
We stripping the roof and recovered the rafters with Tyvek and 25 mm x 50 mm roof battens. The solar panels were then installed direct to the battens and the shingles fixed in place around the panels, requiring less materials due to the solar panels not requiring shingles beneath them.
The inline solar panels are both stylish and easy to install, sitting perfectly on the roof, taking advantage of the late autumn sun!