8 alternatives to the Tesla Solar Roof (updated Oct 2019)
Solar shingles or solar tiles are a class of photovoltaics that are broadly known as building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). They are photovoltaic modules that are made to mimic the look of normal roofing products, like asphalt shingles or slate tiles. They are a small niche of the overall home solar market, but got a prominent boost when Tesla introduced their Solar Roof. While Tesla was not the first manufacturer to enter the market, they were innovators by creating a glass-faced solar tile that looks like a conventional roofing product and comes in a wider range of styles than other solar shingles available on the market.