In most rooftop solar installations, the solar panels are mounted on structures resting on the roof. Dutch designer Ruben Beijer from Stafier Holland bv came up with an ingenious design for a new type of rooftop solar array in which the solar panels replace the roof tiles and serve as part of the roof structure.
The PV Premium photovoltaic in-roof system seamlessly integrates with existing roof tiles, opening up new possibilities for integrating solar technology with architecture. The solar tiles can be used in both new buildings and existing structures. The panels fit so seamlessly into existing roof tiles they are virtually invisible. The Stafier Holland PV Premium photovoltaic system panels perform well and are durable. The system is waterproof, and it has been tested in a wind tunnel to prove that it can stand up to powerful storms. The PV Premium photovoltaic in-roof system was recently given a 2013 Best of the Best Red Dot Design Award.