Here’s a really nicely executed concept hitting the research airwaves. Sebastian Braat, an Australian designer working on his graduate thesis, came up with a combination solar electric solar thermal roof tile that not only has up to 18% efficiency, but also is adaptable and looks really sleek.
You can more than power an average sized family home with only 200 tiles. That allows for more placement options to suit your situation, and there are plans to develop a variety of different styles. Mr. Braat concerns himself with “easing the power burden our housing estates are rapidly creating” in innovative and informative ways.
No word yet on cost, but file this one away in your “near future” pile.