Looks great, and very tempting with the way our utilities sometimes act.
Just out of curiousity, is there anything that keeps our buzzy, stinging friends from building homes between the panels and the roof?
That's A Darned Good Question!
I've often wondered why nobody ever offered a solution for visually blending the panels into the rest of the roof purely for esthetic reasons ..reasoning that if they were more visually appealing it may encourage more people to consider it for ecological reasons.
However what you bring up sounds like another feature that encasing the panels in a FAUX ROOF...PLUS Filling the Void with a Layer of INSULATION Suitable BOTH Cold & Warm Climates (that would also serve to exclude critters) Makes SENSE!
I'd think the Teas heat ! Yes many build under eves of houses where it's not quite so hot (but the air flow is good)... but even covered the roof around the panels will get steamy hot... not sure how warm the panels get. But if they get very warm, the buggers would be sandwiched between 2 hot plates !! Plenty of other cooler places round the yard....
Lastly, I won't be on the roof anyway... and if I saw nests... those 20 foot spray cans of wasp spray come in very handy !!
BTW we had a truck load of paper wasps this year ! . . . and fire ants too.... the climate warming is making the pests harder to control !! I bought a 10 lb. bag of AMBRO and used the whole damn thing 3-4 days ago, dousing about 20+ beds in my 1 acre yard. . . A few were the size of dinner plates ... the beds not the ants !!
The disgusting thing is that with all the pre-emergent, weed killer, insecticides, etc to keep my lawn looking green and beautiful, I'll have to wear a Hazmat suit to play on the front lawn !!
Ted had that idea over 20 years ago ...and was told it wasn't possible! **
I also had the idea of creating building material out of re-cycled plastic combined with the recovered asbestos that would render the captured asbestos fibers benign, while adding rigidity PLUS its Fire Retardant Properties to the material, rendering it environmentally safe.
WIN ~ WIN ~ WIN ~ WIN
Get rid of the Plastics Problem Render the Asbestos medically safe Save TREES by replacing need for Wood + CREATING TRAINING & JOBS In the Process
...again...25 years ago, I was told there was No NEED for such a product.
** back then.. most Solar Panels were still heavy glass & metal contraptions.
I AM definitely considering it... you get a Federal rebate on those too ! NOT to be political but if Hillary had won in 2016, she promised 1/2 a BILLION new solar panels by 2020. I'm sure they'd up-ed the rebates and incentives... same for cars.
IF a Dem wins in 2020, look for that to change. Regardless of political persuasion, we ALL should be moving towards this if we can... SMART science....regardless of climate change or anything else. The one line the salesman said that sold me is "Would you rather RENT your energy or OWN it ?" We all know owning is better than renting in most situations. Even if we move, I get a refund in my equity.... hard to lose.
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