Originally Posted by oldognewtrick
Working for a roofing company, we have inquired on several occasions about providing and installing solar roof systems and found there is little if any solar MFG's willing to talk or provide info to a small, local installer. At this point in time, my personal opinion is, a bigger return on GREEN dollars would be weatherization of the house structure. Seal air gaps, adding insulation and higher efficiency heat/cooling systems, provide for a better investment than the introduction of solar panels on a roof.
This is ALWAYS the first things you do to a home. Solar is fine, but if you do not have your other systems up to their efficiencies, you are just spending $$ on a show piece. Its like having a brand new electric motor installed with new batteries on a rusted out truck. What's the point.
However , if you do have a good efficient home, I would look at installing the panels on the ground area, or on a pole. We have done many this way due to the less expensive fix when you need to replace your roof someday. Those panels come down again. Not to mention its easier to install, less $$ there. And if you get snow, you can clean them off.. but you can't on a roof unless you want to risk your life for a little savings on power.... a little crazy if you want my
But good luck!!