This 3 in 1 Roof boosts solar cell efficiency with new approach to surface temperature management | Solar Builder This 3 in 1 Roof boosts solar cell efficiency with new approach to surface temperature management

Black or blue silicone solar cells have average efficiency ratings of around 22 percent in test settings, often with a range of 15 to 17 percent in real-world conditions during a course of the day. The creators of the new 3 in 1 Roof system think they have a better solution, at least when it comes to mitigating efficiency losses caused by high temperatures. 3 IN 1 ROOF is designed for the roofer by a roofing contractor located in South Florida. After hurricane Wilma, the contractor completed several hundred roofing jobs where he analyzed why traditional tiles failed under such extreme weather conditions and corrected those flaws in his design of the 3 IN 1 ROOF product. 3 IN 1 ROOF install much, much faster than traditional tiles so roofers earn more annual profits without increasing personnel. 3 IN 1 ROOF will not break or crack under foot because its underside patented wedge shape design eliminates potential fractures when too much pressure is applied. Also every horizontal and vertical row installs perfectly straight without chalking lines. For every 20 degrees, the surface temperature of a traditional roof rises above 120 degrees, the solar functionality decreases by 5 perc...

This grand Victorian was home to an early Monrovia mayor

The word Idlewild is proudly displayed on the front-facing gable of a distinctive residence rooted deeply in Monrovia’s history. The Queen Anne Victorian dates to 1887, the same year the city was incorporated, and was commissioned by Civil War Union General William A. Pile. The former minister, Republican congressman and appointed governor of the New Mexico Territory served one year as the mayor of Monrovia. Bay Area architects Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom created the opulent residence under the watchful eyes of Pile and his wife. Among the striking original details are a windowed cupola with a conical turret, the fish-scale shingle exterior and a piece of stained-glass above the wide front door containing more than 50 semi-precious gemstones. Ornamental spindle-work helps define the 3,384 square feet of living space, which can be further separated by using the tall pocketing doors. Other features include an elevated veranda, coffered door frames, 12-foot ceilings, octagonal windows and detailed fireplace mantels. The mantel on the front room fireplace, for example, is made of more than a dozen shades of onyx. A grand staircase in the home’s reception hall leads to the secon...