Solar Possibilities

Now that homeowners can earn credits and other incentives to make their homes more energy efficient, home solar systems are creating a buzz. Energy and solar-focused manufacturers are scrambling to find the raw materials needed to keep up with consumer demand. Among the giants building residential systems is BP Solar.

BP Solar’s EnergyLux all-black solar modules match performance with aesthetics, offering the energy savings that solar provides in a way that complements a home’s roof. The modules are now available as part of a BP Solar Home Solution through select Home Depots. BP Solar also offers its traditional line of deep-blue residential solar modules through BP Solar distributors and dealers nationwide.

BP Solar is one of the largest and oldest solar companies in the United States with more than 30 years of experience. BP Solar is actually the combination of three different solar companies working together: BP Solar, Heritage Solar and Solarex. This global company has facilities all over the world, and is the solar branch of the BP Group.

“The core EnergyLux product has been the backbone of us launching the Integra frame product,” says Geoff Slevin, director of marketing for BP Solar North America. “What the Integra frame does in concert with this product is maintains a sleek dark look and creates a much lower profile against the roof. So instead of putting the module just on a typical rack, like a lot of solar sold across the country, right on an asphalt shingle roof, this system sits directly on the roof to create its aesthetic benefit to the consumer.”

To assist contractors and homeowners with deciding whether or not solar products are right for them, BP Solar includes a solar estimator on its website: This high-level calculator allows people to enter base information and see from a financial standpoint - based on the amount of sun they get and government incentives that may apply - if solar is right for them. This becomes a quick, handy tool that allows people to prescreen themselves to determine if it is fiscally feasible.

“Solar modules have essentially looked the same, but came in different sizes for a long time,” Slevin says. “One of the things that we’re doing is instead of just putting it in a standard 3- by 4-ft. frame, we’ve created a product called the EnergyTile product. In places like Northern California where you have concrete shakes, EnergyTile is fully integrated into the roof line.

From the ground viewpoint you can’t even tell there’s a solar system on the roof, but the solar system is up there performing like a traditional system would.”

BP Solar is now in the process of expansions in its manufacturing facilities to keep up with demand and making their products even more energy efficient.

At the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference in San Francisco in May, BP Solar showcased its BP Solar Builder Solutions, its newest offer specifically for contractors. This combines a flexible solar product line with the support services a contractor requires to integrate into their designs and work schedules. For more information visit or Indicate #60 on e-Inquiry.