Costa Rica Solar Solutions proudly announces a new partnership with Mitrex.
Costa Rica Solar Solutions (CRSS) is always seeking new alternative solutions in the solar industry. Mitrex – Integrated Solar Technology, is just that and strives to be an “innovative company that has a mission to be the catalyst that accelerates the adoption of sustainable, energy-generating, human-made structures”.
Mitrex has developed ways for aesthetically pleasing solar panels to be directly integrated into building facades. Revolutionary building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems offer architects, engineers, building owners, and investors the opportunity to embrace and profit from solar energy without compromising aesthetics.
Mitrex, envisions a world where solar energy is generated by any surface touched by the sun. CRSS believes this is the next step in a energy independence, not in the future but now.
Mitrex BIPV fulfill any aesthetic desire, building efficiency need, or safety requirement. In urban areas, traditional rooftop solar panels offer poor design choices and are limited by roof space.
Mitrex BIPV products include solar facades, glass window, roof, siding, greenhouses, railings, and more. These systems have frame less modules, hidden mounting, homogeneous surfaces, and can feature the appearance of any material or color for matching purposes.
What does Mitrex offer?
Providing up to 350W of power per panel, Mitrex Solar Siding harnesses solar energy to provide electricity back to your home.
Applied on the exterior vertical walls of your homes, Solar Siding extends energy generation to any surface that has access to sunlight. Suitable for new builds or retrofits, Mitrex Solar Siding can be incorporated into new or existing walls without compromising aesthetics.
Mitrex Solar Siding is created with efficient monocrystalline solar cells that allow homeowners to reduce their reliance on carbon-emitting energy from the grid. A customizable tempered glass facing layer masks the appearance of solar cells by recreating typical building materials with a patented coating process, and a high-strength aluminum anodized frame allows for easy installation.
All the wiring and conduits are seamlessly hidden behind the panels during installation and incorporate zero-emission infrastructure into your home and become one step closer to a green future.
Colored Solar Roof
Colored Solar Panels Aesthetics Energy, The Best of Both Worlds
With Mitrex Solar Roof, you are no longer limited by the aesthetics of traditional solar panels.
Solar shingles are colored solar panels by Mitrex, designed to resemble traditional roofing materials, such as asphalt and slate shingles. Basically, this allows for visual integration with the roofing material. over, this technology allows the modules to blend into the roof with a seamless pattern. In short, the result is a uniform and aesthetically pleasing roof.
These patterned colored solar panels feature UV-stable, fade-resistant colors. This guarantees an attractive, energy-generating roof for many years. importantly, Mitrex Solar Roof is maintenance-free as they have anti-soiling coatings that reduce the accumulation of dust and dirt on the modules’ surface.
Mitrex balances design with efficiency. Although the color-treated glass affects the efficiency of the solar panels, the energy output of the system is maximized while maintaining a beautiful aesthetic.
Mitrex solar railings guarantee strength, durability, safety, and beauty. The application options are boundless; As long as the railing has access to sunlight, solar energy will be passively generated and supplied back to the structure. The railing system can also be customized to meet the desired aesthetic; from the level of transparency to the tint of the balcony glass to the metal handrails and posts, a wealth of options are available to suit any design.
Mitrex solar railings consist of high-efficiency solar cells sandwiched between a front layer of heat-tempered, laminated glass and a back layer of either glass, back sheet, or aluminum honeycomb. Depending on the desired aesthetic, solar technology can be either monocrystalline silicon solar cells or thin-film. The solar cells are entirely integrated into the railing system, as well as the wiring and circuitry. The solar glass is code compliant and conforms to all safety and durability requirements.
The advanced building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system makes for invisible solar energy generation that can be incorporated into any design. You can even choose the transparency and color of the glass, the arrangement of the cells, and the handrail and post design. The railings are made with high-quality materials and feature a 25-year product and performance warranty—guaranteeing long-lasting, aesthetic solar balconies.
Mitrex offers opaque solar glass in solid colors or patterned options. This solar technology is suitable for spandrel panels on high-rise facades and seamlessly generates energy while matching the structure’s aesthetics.
Composition: Monocrystalline solar technology and laminated, low iron, tempered glass
- Glass-glass for laminated glass applications starting from 6.5mm thickness or insulated glass units (IGUs) available in a variety of sizes, thicknesses, and glass options.
- Glass-opaque back sheet units where a single layer of laminated glass can be utilized.
Applications: Spandrel panels, facades, balcony railings, and more
Benefits: Design options—available in unlimited colors and patterns
Power Output: Up to 195W/SQM
Energy-Generating Solar Greenhouses
Mitrex Solar Greenhouse is an ideal alternative compared to conventional greenhouses as the integrated Mitrex Solar Glass can supplement the high energy requirements of the structure.
Mitrex provides owners with the opportunity to generate enough green energy to grow sustainably by supplying Solar Glass for their buildings.
Depending on your greenhouse needs, you can choose from various solar options, such as opaque, semi-opaque, or transparent Solar Glass, available in varying thicknesses and sizes. A Solar Greenhouse allows owners to generate energy from existing infrastructure without sacrificing the overall effectiveness of the greenhouse operations.
CRSS is very excited to offer the next generation of solar solutions such as Mitrex products. Please contact us for a customized solution!
Expanding Horizons in Solar Energy: Danial Hadizadeh, Mitrex
Mitrex is a Canadian manufacturing leader in solar technology. Offering solar cladding, Windows, roofs, and panels, Mitrex is committed to providing an effective eco-friendly energy system that does not compromise aesthetics. Their innovative building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) was designed to offer solar energy in a wider range of colours, textures and shapes.
After discovering the potential energy that was going to waste, CEO Danial Hadizadeh travelled and researched extensively to find how solar technology was being cultivated around the world. Mitrex is confident that they are providing Canadian architects and developers with the best design choices for their vision. OnSide Media had the opportunity to speak with Danial to learn more about the origin of Mitrex, the journey to where it is today, and the logistics of their innovative BIPV.
How did Mitrex begin as an engineering company? What made you decide to pursue aesthetically pleasing solar panels when choosing to improve the environment?
Danial Hadizadeh: I can tell you the exact moment. I was standing in front of a high-rise building that we were supplying material to. It was summer, and I was leaning against the wall. I could feel the heat and how warm the building was. I actually measured the temperature of the building. It was 65 degrees in the building, and the temperature was 29. So the building was much warmer because of the direct sunlight. I began to think of the energy that was going to waste.
Why are we just warming the planet and putting these panels on the wall? While we can capture this energy, convert it into electricity, and use it? The journey started from there. I was hiring people, researching, reading books, bringing onboard investors, putting up my own investment. That was the moment I thought solar could be an option. I was taking into consideration who had done it before and what the costs were.
How do you decide which companies to work with? Do clients seek your services? Or do you pitch your services to companies?
DH: We have to introduce ourselves to architects and engineers so that they know we exist. If they do not know we are here, they wouldn’t know that this is an option. Once they know, they are excited and want us to be apart of their standard process. So yes, we do introduce ourselves to developers, but we also get a lot of requests globally.
From Singapore to Austrailia, Dubai, many different countries. We are doing our best to help as many clients as we can. Our goal in Mitrex is not to sell materials or to just make money, but it is to make a difference first. Then, we are sure the money will follow after.
What is the testing process like for your engineers? How long does it take to find an eco-friendly solution that works?
DH: We started Mitrex basically as a prototype and testing only. We set up our internal lab, bought testing equipment, and hired professionals to test. The initial part was about three years to get to a working prototype. From there, we started the manufacturing part, which we did the testing with third-party companies. That brought us to 2019 when we started the plant and production line, and that was the beginning of the production line for Mitrex.
How long did it take your team to develop the revolutionary building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV)?
DH: The concept behind the building-integrated photovoltaic is not new. Other people have also thought of it, but there were obstacles. I went everywhere from Europe to Asia to the Middle East, to see what companies were involved and who is doing this the best. Is anyone close? No one wants to reinvent something. If it already exists, lets just bring it to North America and introduce it.
I noticed the limitation and potential at the same time. The BIPV was limited in shapes, sizes, textures, and colours. It was also very expensive. From an architect’s perspective, it is inconvenient to work with only two or three colours and two sizes. You would have to change it and redo the whole thing. Those are the triangles of Mitrex. We should be able to produce in a high volume to lower the cost. We should also have all different sizes, colours, and textures. Those were the questions we had to answer and the criteria we had to meet.
Which of your products was the most challenging to cultivate? Which was the easiest?
DH: The first model, which was the cladding, took the longest. It was not necessarily the hardest, but it was the first one that we attempted. We were learning, and we were improving ourselves. We develop the newer products quicker now, but we are constantly raising the bar and are looking at products that are a lot more complex.
As far as solar panels and BIPV goes, we have mastered it. Now we know what direction to go. One direction is to improve our existing products, and the other is looking into new product. Ideally, you want to have a building with the solar growing on top of it.
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Going green is on the rise. People everywhere are recognizing the importance of renewable energy sources such as solar energy and searching for ways to incorporate them into their lives. As one of the simplest and most cost-effective options, solar energy in St Petersburg Fl is a great way to reduce your household’s carbon footprint while reaping the rewards of using clean, sustainable energy.
But which roofs are best suited for solar panel installations? Here, we’ll explore several common roof types and their suitability for attaching solar panels.
Asphalt shingles are an extremely popular roofing material and for a good reason. They offer a great combination of affordability, durability, and flexibility, which make them perfect for installing solar panel mounts. This type of roof lasts between 12-30 years, depending on the quality of shingles installed and the location in which you live.
For this reason, higher-quality asphalt shingles may be recommended if you install solar panels, as they will ensure that your system doesn’t outlive your roof.
Tile roofs are a popular choice in areas that experience hot climates or are located near the ocean. These roofs are extremely durable and can last over a century, making them perfect for those who plan on installing solar panels and sticking with them for the long haul. Tile roofs are the most expensive option of the three roof types. One caveat to installing solar panels on these roofs is that they can be trickier than other roof types. Removal and replacement of tiles may need to take place in order to mount the solar panel system properly, so expect labor costs associated with this type of installation to be higher.
Metal roofs offer a great combination of longevity, affordability, and energy efficiency. The average metal roof can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years, making it ideal for those who want to invest in solar for the long run. Metal roofs are also non-flammable, so they provide an added layer of safety.
Plus, the reflective properties of metal roofs can help keep your house cool by reflecting light and heat away from the building. If you have a standing seam type of metal roof, it makes them an ideal choice for solar panel installation because they do not require drilling.
However, it is important to note that installing solar on a metal roof requires slightly different skills and racking equipment, so it is important to choose an experienced installer when selecting this roof type.
Flat roofs are another great option for solar installation. These roofs have little to no slope to them, Year round production on these roofs are consistent throughout the year. It is also possible to install tilt mounts on flat roofs to achieve a southern-facing azimuth with the minimal additional installation cost.
Factors that Work Together to Make Your Roof Compatible with Solar Power
Before you decide on a roof type for your solar installation, it is essential to consult with an experienced installer. The right contractor will be able to assess your roof’s suitability and recommend the best type of racking system for your particular home. Some of the factors they’ll consider include:
Age of the Roof
The roof’s age is one of the most important factors when deciding whether or not it is suitable for solar installation. If your roof is older than 20 years old, it may not be able to support the weight of a solar panel system. over, if your roof has been damaged by wind or hail, this could also impact its suitability for installation.
The material used on your roof will also play a role in whether or not it can accommodate solar panels. Certain materials, such as composite shingles, are particularly well suited for solar installation because of their durability and ease of mounting. Other materials, such as tile, may require additional labor for installation but offer other benefits that make them ideal for solar panel systems.
Orientation and Pitch
The direction of your roof may have an impact on how your roof-mounted solar panels will be. South-facing roofs tend to be the most efficient, as they get maximum sunlight exposure.
However, east or west-facing roofs can still produce a significant amount of energy with only a small reduction in efficiency. The pitch of your roof will also need to be considered when planning for solar installation. The steeper the slope, the harder it may be to mount panels and ensure that they are properly tilted for optimal performance.
Hours of Shade
Your roof’s exposure to shade is an important factor for solar panel installation. In order for a system to work efficiently, it needs to be exposed to sunlight for most of the day. While solar panels will still generate energy when shaded, it may be more difficult to mount the system in areas that are heavily shaded, and the efficiency of the system may be reduced.
The size of your roof will play a role in what type and size of solar panel system you can install. As a general rule, each kilowatt of your system requires at least 100 square feet of roof space. This means that if you have a smaller roof, you may need to opt for a more compact solar panel system.
On the other hand, larger roofs can accommodate larger systems and have the potential to generate more energy.
Partnered with Mitrex
In truth, there’s no wrong type of roof for solar panels with Mitrex’s unique patterned colored solar panels. West Bay Energy partners with Mitrex to bring the best, most advanced, and most aesthetically pleasing solar panels to the Florida solar market. Mitrex’s revolutionary building-integrated photovoltaic systems help businesses and homeowners reduce their carbon footprint and reliance on “the grid.” Solar panels from Mitrex come in different styles, with options for panels matched to the color and pattern of your roof, dubbed “camo panels” by our team!
These patterned colored solar panels feature UV-stable, fade-resistant colors. This guarantees an attractive, energy-generating roof for many years. importantly, Mitrex’s Solar Roof is maintenance-free as they have anti-soiling coatings that reduce the accumulation of dust and dirt on the modules’ surface.
What Should You Choose?
The type of roof you have, its age and orientation, the amount of shade it gets, and the size of your roof are all important factors to consider when planning for a solar panel installation. By consulting with an experienced installer and understanding the different factors involved, you can make sure that your roof is ready to harness the power of the sun and help you save on energy costs in the long run. Visit https://westbayenergy.com/solar-panel-installation-in-saint-petersburg-fl/ for more information.
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