Solar Shingles for Tiny Houses?


Ever think about adding solar power to your future tiny house or cabin? Did you know that solar shingles now exist and are becoming available? So you know what my next question is… Would you consider using these for your future home? I really like the seamless design and how you wouldn’t have to attach extra panels to your roof or anything. I’m always up to consider an all-in-one solution like this. Or just about anything that makes more use out of the same thing. And this accomplishes just that!

Photo Credit Beach Side Solar Hawaii

If you enjoyed this post on solar shingles you’ll love our free daily tiny house newsletter!

Facebook Comments



  1. How cool! This could make solar “almost” a no-brainer. Just have to ask about cost. Then again, if you have to ask, you likely can’t afford it, right? :p I love going green, if you can also recoup the cost in a timely fashion. Combine this with LED lighting and green could be easy.
    I once looked at wind generation for our west Michigan home office and found I could recover cost in just 50 years. We passed on that choice. 🙂
    These look great If the price is right! She even liked the color!

  2. Recently read a book (dated 2010, don’t recall the name) about living off the grid or close to it, in which it is stated that solar shingles are less expensive than solar panels. The ones I saw were flat, while the ones depicted in this post are not (which makes me think they’d be more difficult to keep clean and therefore might not be as efficient as flat panels). I imagine shingles would be DOT approved whereas not all panels are.

  3. I love the concept. Thing is I am a big fan of iron roofs – we worship rain (because it is always in short supply here) so I would need to be convinced to give up the iron. I would be concerned about the weight of tiles on a tiny trailer house (fine if on foundations). But if they one are efficient enough, cheap enough, light enough, and meet all other requirements of a roof I would definitely definitely consider this option. Thanks for the alert – I had no idea this product was available.

  4. It would depend on cost, as usual, but a big advantage would be the ability to replace just one defective shingle instead of a whole panel. As long as it didn’t interfere with rainwater harvesting (can’t see why it should, but who knows?) it looks like a good thing. I’d love to see some kind of solar siding too. Toss in a tiny wind turbine and it should take care of most of your basic energy needs.

    1. It might not be so easy to replace one of these shingles, if damaged, without loosening or damaging the surrounding ones. However if these were facing south the curve might collect more light from morning to evening –would want more info on this. Steep pitch to roof would solve snow problems in winter.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.