Are Ubiquitous Energy windows environmentally friendly?
Ubiquitous Energy windows are made with materials that are not hazardous and non-toxic. The materials used for our technology are green and clean allowing developers and property owners to feel secure and safe to install these products.
What kind of upkeep is required to maintain the product (if any)? How long do these windows last?
Our windows have standard window warranties applied to the product, so there is very little worry on the part of the consumer as far as maintenance is concerned. Additionally, our smart windows can be checked and monitored remotely for their performance and alerted before there is a significant issue so that they can be replaced […]
Should I install solar windows on areas of the house that don’t get much sun exposure?
Every house will benefit from having transparent solar windows. The energy generation varies depending on a number of environmental factors such as geographical location, elevation, and local surroundings such as trees, but no matter what, renewable energy can be generated by the windows from the captured solar energy.
What is the cost difference between traditional rooftop solar and solar windows? What about traditional Low-E windows and solar windows?
Our solar windows are competitive with rooftop solar from an installed cost $/Wp metric, however we like to think about the cost of the windows as the more appropriate comparison. The installed cost of our transparent solar windows are expected to have a 10 to 30% premium over traditional windows.
Is there a tax rebate for solar windows? Is the entire system cost eligible for the ITC credit?
Yes, there are various local tax rebates and incentives across different jurisdictions. There is also the Federal Solar Incentive Tax Credit (ITC) that applies which is currently at 26% and sunsets to 10% for commercial use and 0% for residential use after 2023. The entire installed cost of the transparent solar window would be eligible […]
Is the installation of a solar window different from a regular window? Is it difficult to install?
The windows are installed like standard windows and the electronics are similar, but more simple than what is used for standard solar panels. In combination, we expect installation to be simpler and cheaper than standard solar because our product will be piggybacking on the framing and structural system of the windows and building, compared to […]
How will you direct the energy produced in the windows? Where will the energy go once it is produced? Do you need cables within the window profile, etc.?
All of the necessary wiring is hidden within the frame or within the window itself. In some applications, the electricity that is generated can be used entirely within the window to power electronics features within the window such as sensors and automated mechanics, or in other applications can be fed into the building’s electricity grid. […]
Will I see any hardware or wiring in solar windows?
No, our windows do not require any visible wiring or hardware to capture or transmit solar energy, resulting in a transparent glass that is visibly indistinguishable from traditional windows.
How do solar windows compare to solar panels in collecting energy? Can I have both solar panels and solar windows on my home?
Solar panels and solar windows serve different purposes and complement each other beautifully. The transparent solar panels will be able to produce up to about 50% of the power of rooftop solar per given surface area. We do not see our product as a replacement for rooftop solar, but rather as a complement. If you […]
Can my entire home be powered by solar windows?
Similar to rooftop solar panels, our solar windows are meant to offset your home’s current energy consumption. In addition, they can power smart home functionality through features such as motorized blinds, built-in security systems, environmental monitoring, and much more.