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A: The appeal of these new roofing products seems to be based on the fact that homeowners like their looks better than that of traditional solar panels. However, the cost will be very high initially. Consumer Reports did a study indicating that in order to compete with the cost of installing a conventional asphalt roof, the cost of a 3,000 square-foot solar tile roof should not be more than $73,500.

That estimate was based on the possibility that a homeowner could get 30 years of electricity out of the roof. Tesla, which has already started to produce these photovoltaic roofing tiles, has estimated the cost at $65,550 for covering the same size house with solar tiles. Both calculations include the cost of Tesla’s Powerwall battery. Will homeowners find that these systems work as well as the old panels? Time will tell, since these tiles have not been widely used as yet.

Q: Off and on for a long time, we’ve been considering installing solar panels for electricity. But we’re afraid that tighter regulations for solar might be coming along in future. The solar industry and the utilities always seem to be fighting with each other as well.

A: Yes, the two parties have had their issues in the past, but they seem to be getting along better now. As for changes in regulations, a lot of that has taken place already. Whenever the utility companies have tightened up the rules and cut back on solar benefits, homeowners that already have their solar systems have been “grandfathered in” under the old regulations. Obviously, of course, new buyers won’t qualify for getting the old, more generous benefits.

A: There are no longer any rebates from Arizona power companies for homeowners to install solar panels on their homes. But there is a state solar tax credit that reimburses a homeowner for 25 percent of the cost of the panels, up to $1,000. You may also quality for a tax credit from the federal government involving the cost of your system, provided that you buy your system outright. Congress has voted to extend the federal credit through 2021.

Q: I had solar panels put on my roof last year. Now, however, my insurance company says the roof is too old to insure. If the roof is that old, should they have put the solar equipment on top of my house? Is there a law that says the roof should be in good condition? I have had a roofer say my present roof will last only two more years. Then I’ll have to take the solar panels off to get the roof fixed and pay for putting the panels back.

A: Unfortunately, there is no law regarding this issue. But certainly, a reputable company should alert you about the condition of your roof before installing a solar unit. We do recommend getting your roof checked by a competent roofer before considering a solar installation.

For more do-it-yourself tips, go to rosieonthehouse.com. An Arizona home building and remodeling industry expert for 35 years, Rosie Romero is the host of the Rosie on the House radio program from 8-11 a.m. Saturdays on KTAR-FM (92.3) in Phoenix, KQNA-AM (1130) in Prescott and KAZM-AM (780) in Sedona, KAFF-AM (930) in Flagstaff and KNST-AM (790) in Tucson.