CHICAGO — SunStyle® is entering the solar shingle market with an official expansion of its operations to customers in the United States.

Unlike conventional solar panels, SunStyle's solar shingles provide an edge-to-edge, full-coverage solar roof that is not only strong and leak-proof, but integrates with any architectural style and can potentially pay for itself with the power it generates.

The company's distinctive Swiss-engineered solar roofing shingles have been installed on hundreds of projects in Europe, including residences, churches, schools, businesses, government and industrial sites. In the U.S., SunStyle's "dragonscale" tiles can be seen on Google's new campus in Mountain View, Calif., and are being installed on commercial and residential projects around the country.

SunStyle's UL/IEC-certified solar roof shingles are made with monocrystalline PERC solar cells to maximize the efficiency of the roof. The solar shingles are more durable than most standard roofing materials, even in harsh weather conditions. SunStyle's solar tiles meet both the industry standards for solar modules as well as the standards required by building and construction codes, including achieving the highest possible ratings for hail (FM 4473 Class 4), fire (UL 790 Class A), and wind resistance (ASTM D3161 Class F).

"We are encouraging greater adoption of solar energy by taking solar beyond functional and making it beautiful," said Gene Rosendale, CEO of SunStyle. "As Americans continue to embrace solar at a rapid rate, we believe it is the perfect time to make our solar roof available to the U.S. market."

Rosendale said the company is working with architects, builders, solar installers, and roofing companies to build a network of residential and commercial installation partners across the country.

"SunStyle's highest priority is responsiveness and customer service in support of its installation partners and individual property owners to ensure installation excellence and long-term satisfaction," Rosendale said.

The U.S. solar roofing market is growing exponentially. According to a new analysis from Freedonia Group, solar-friendly policies and the wider availability and appeal of solar roofing solutions should drive rapid growth in the market segment over the next few years — from less than $50 million in 2020 to nearly $1 billion in 2025.