Conventional solar panels are sometimes regarded as an eyesore, but there are new forms for rooftop solar. Solar shingles are building-integrated photovoltaics that are integrated into the existing design of a conventionally-shingled rooftop. Solar shingles were introduced in 2005 and have since been making ground mostly in Colorado. Household solar shingles have the ability to cut electricity bills by 40-60 percent but as technology advances, solar could provide essentially all of the energy consumed by the household. Critics of conventional solar panels have an alternative option to consider.
A couple of companies that have been producing and installing solar shingles are Dow and CertainTeed. Both companies install solar shingles in South Carolina. Customers of both companies have been incredibly pleased with the results of the shingles.