If you’re looking at roof covering options, why not consider slates that double up as photovoltaic panels?

After all the hype, it seems that building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) products are finally making their way into Irish homes. Danish manufacturer Gaia Solar already offers this product and Tesla just announced it was now taking orders for its ‘solar roof tiles’ – first installation is planned in the USA this year and delivery for the rest of the world is ‘slated’ for 2018.

Tesla is pricing the slates at $42/sqft and in terms of output, PV can generally supply, under Irish weather conditions roughly one third of the mean Irish household’s electricity needs.