Now that homeowners are offered credits and incentives to make their homes more energy efficient, home solar systems are all the talk. Energy companies and solar focused companies are scrambling to find the raw materials needed to keep up with consumer demand. Among the giants building residential systems is BP Solar.
In the product spotlight on solar products featured in February’s Qualified Remodeler, we brought you BP Solar’s EnergyLux. These all-black solar modules match performance with aesthetics, offering the energy savings that solar provides in a way that complements a home’s roof. BP EnergyLux 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 over 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 is 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 aid contractors and home-owners on whether or not solar products are right for them, BP Solar has included a solar estimator on their Web site: www.bpsolar.us. This high-level calculator allows people to put in some base information and see from a financial standpoint if where they live, based on the amount of sun that they get and government incentive that may exist, whether solar is right for them as well. This becomes a quick handy tool that allows people to prescreen themselves and see if it is even fiscally feasible.
“Solar modules have essentially looked the same, but came in different sizes for a long time,” says Slevin. “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.
This May at the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference in San Francisco, BP Solar will showcase 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.