College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Scott Kelting, Phil Barlow
Solar technology has been on the rise in popularity in recent years and we are starting to see more of it across the US. As the technology and capabilities of photovoltaic (PV) cells advance, there has been an increase in the number of different product designs that incorporate PV cells. Building integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) products have been some of the most popular introduced to the market. In the last five years, one of these BIPV products, a solar system integrated into the roofing shingles of residential homes has been sensationalized and, according to a California solar installer, that has encouraged a lot of homeowners to enquire about the product and eventually become solar adopters. Over the course of my research I conducted personal interviews with both the installers and the homeowners involved with the installation of a CertainTeed Apollo II Tile integrated solar system on a home in the Stockton, CA area. The most noteworthy shortcomings of these solar shingles are they that convert solar energy less efficiently cost than rack mounted panel systems. The biggest upside to these shingle systems is their appealing aesthetics and they have the potential to reduce time and costs involved with the labor and material for residential projects.