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Solarstone, the leading producer of building-integrated PV (BIPV) solutions in the Nordics, launched last year a universal aluminum framing kit that renders essentially any solar panel instantly into 2in1 weatherproof roofing material. The framing kit is called Click-on and it makes BIPV accessible for new-builds and renovation projects while preserving aesthetics.

Saku church solar roof in Estonia with Solarstone Click-on solution.

The Click-on technology tackles the main issues BIPV has been facing – compatibility and complexity of installation. The framing kit does not require any screws or adhesive to marry with standard PV modules. As a bonus, the kit can be easily assembled on site. The 2in1 system has been successfully tested against fire, wind and snow-load.

Solarstone products have green light when it comes to restrictions imposed in national heritage areas, where standard PV installations are forbidden. The company has installed over 150 full solar roofs in less than a year.

A game-changer in the industry

The Click-on kit has major advantages over conventional integrated and on-roof solar installations.

Easy to install. Standard 100m2 facets can be easily fitted with panels in just one day.

Highly aesthetic. Equally suitable for churches in the Nordics and villas in the French Riviera.

Cost-effective. On average 30% shorter payback period compared to other BIPV providers.

For instance, at the end of 2020, Antwerp adopted an ambitious Climate Action Plan 2030. It aims to reduce carbon emissions by 50-55% by 2030 and become a climate-neutral and climate-proof city by 2050. In so doing, the city of Antwerp is clearly stepping up its ambition to address climate challenges.

Full solar roof with Click-on and dummy modules

Non-active modules (‘dummies’) can be utilized in the perimeter or areas with permanent shading. Dummy modules are made from aluminum honeycomb panels and are framed with the same Click-on technology. They blend naturally with the overall concept of a modern solar roof. Special transition flashings are available to accommodate regular roofing material if passive aluminium modules can’t be used in the perimeter.

Click-on framing kit. Each solar module is fitted with a left, right and top profile.

Value and premium level integrated solutions

In addition to Click-on solar roofs, Solarstone manufactures integrated panels for tiled and standing seam steel roofs that have great compatibility with major roof material producers, such as BMI Braas, Wienerberger and Ruukki.

Silver Aednik, the CEO of Solarstone adds: “Roof and facade surfaces are valuable resources that can be utilized pragmatically”. Solar roofs and integrated PV solutions are shifting the balance on how energy production and consumption meet. Modern building envelopes are the cornerstones enabling energy prosumers to thrive. “In the not-so-distant future we shall have better and smarter charging and storing infrastructure at our service, solar roofs and facades will become local green ‘gas stations‘ to support the green transition,” concludes Silver.