Photo courtesy of AVA Power, WI.
Green Roof Solutions is always focused on sustainability and green buildings. While we primarily focus on water, we also offer green energy products. Currently, we are focused on rooftop wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy. This is an ever-evolving part of our offerings, so be sure to check back often for new developments.
AVA Power Renewable Energy Solutions
AVA100 / AVA S-Series
Green Roof Solutions offers the AVA100 and AVA S-Series renewable energy solutions to meet your green roof power needs. Perfect for urban rooftop applications, the AVA100 and AVA S-Series both feature 1kW wind turbines, solar panels, and lithium-ion battery packs. The AVA S-Series also comes with outdoor lighting. AVA Power products are designed and manufactured in Illinois, USA. AVA Power also performs custom system engineering solutions.
The patent-pending AVA vertical axis wind turbine is efficient and reliable. AVA’s stunning blade design is virtually noiseless, bird-friendly, and can be painted almost any color. The AVA wind turbine generator is a sealed system offering easy maintenance. It generates 24V DC electric power and has an inductive load braking system. AVA turbines have been tuned specifically to generate power at low wind speeds in order to harness as much power as possible in all wind conditions. They’re designed for a maximum wind speed of 35.76 m/s or 80 mph. AVA solar panels are polycrystalline silicon and act as a secondary power source. Smart charge controllers maximize the amount of power produced by the wind turbine and solar panels while preventing overcharging of the batteries. The advanced lithium-ion batteries are lightweight, compact, and long-lasting. The proprietary battery housing is temperature-stable, which maximizes the life of the batteries.
The concept is simple and straightforward. PoweRoof’s high efficiency bifacial solar panels generate an additional 30-40% more power due to their ability to produce solar energy from both sides of the panel. PoweRoof combines bifacial photovoltaic panels and Energy Star rated reflective single ply membranes, thus qualifying with the IRS to harvest combined federal tax incentives and advanced depreciation schedules. When PoweRoof panels are combined with an Energy Star rated, highly reflective, single ply membrane, the IRS rules that the roof membrane acts as part of the solar array and thus is eligible for the same favorable federal tax treatment afforded to solar equipment.
This brings the typical rooftop solar return on investment (ROI) into the 3-5 year range, without the use of state, local, or utility incentives often required for traditional rooftop solar approaches. While these additional incentives can be used, if available, they are not required to finally solve the rooftop solar ROI challenge. In areas where traditional rooftop solar has worked marginally, PoweRoof products help drive down the ROI for solar power to historic lows.
This combination of benefits makes PoweRoof the perfect commercial solar panel solution for buildings and businesses that are already required to meet reflectivity standards to prevent the urban heat island effect.
By changing the standard concept of how solar panels work, PoweRoof panels are able to capture energy that would otherwise be wasted.
These solar panels are built to outlast the competition; manufactured using a tempered glass-on-glass design, they are hermetically sealed to protect the solar cells from external damage. Compared to multilayer back sheets, the glass-on-glass structure is significantly stronger and reduces the possibility of mechanical damage over the 30+ year expected lifetime of the panels. PoweRoof solar panels have a standard 1″ hail at 52 mph rating and internal testing has shown them to withstand much greater force.
These high efficiency solar panels are proudly made in the USA.
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