Solarcentury has developed a universal solar electric slate which is designed to enable UK slate roof homeowners to go solar. The company’s C21e slate, being launched to the public at ecobuild, which is held from March 1-3rd, has been 18 months in development.

Building upon the success of Solarcentury’s existing, C21e Tile system, the new universal C21e solar electric slate widens the opportunity for homes to go solar, simplifies specification for both retrofit and new build installations and speeds up the installation time. The simplicity of C21e has attracted major house builders across the UK, where it is accepted as a mainstream construction product.

Derry Newman, CEO at Solarcentury said, “Our new solar electric slate is a first.  To make it fit with any type of slate our design team had to use manufacturing techniques commonly used in the automotive and high tech consumer electronics industries. After detailed and thorough testing the result is a product with advanced weather protection features which is more than robust enough to meet the stringent building product standards across Europe. It is a testament to Solarcentury's depth of experience in solar roofing and our ability to innovate.”

Over four million homes in the UK have slate roofs and until now, the options for going solar have been limited to bolt-on or systems with limited compatibility. The new C21e slate means that any slate roof can now benefit from going solar, without compromising the country’s roofscape.