Solar Star is a solar panel-powered rooftop fan for roof cavity ventilation, helping your home maintain a comfortable and consistent climate.
Solatube Solar Roof Ventilation
Solar Star is entirely powered by solar voltaic panels, requiring no electricity. That means that you won’t have to hire an electrician or go to the trouble of bringing electrical wiring up to your roof cavity. The solar panels power an efficient motor that spins the lightweight, low resistance, rust-proof polymeric fan blades in the roof-mounted roof space fans. Hot air exits the roof cavity through a durable and rust-proof polymeric exhaust screen that is fully integrated with the unit.
Solar Star will work in both sun and shade, but if you plan to install one in a location where direct sunlight is rare, we can provide a booster solar panel to increase its effectiveness. The brighter the sunlight, the faster the fan. In the summer, that means the roof cavity gets the most ventilation when it’s absorbing the most solar radiation — helping to keep your home cooler in the summer months, and maintain a comfortable climate.
Summer means longer days, more sun, and warmer temperatures. If heat isn’t vented from your roof space properly, it builds up & causes problems in your home:
- Living spaces become hot and uncomfortable
- Air conditioning units work harder to keep rooms cool
- Utility costs rise due to increased energy demand
- Roof structures and materials deteriorate
A Solar Star Roof Ventilation System solves these problems by removing excess heat from your home, giving you a more comfortable interior and lower energy bills.
With winter comes ice, snow, and cold temperatures. When coupled with excess humidity from showers, humidifiers, and dishwashers, it can lead to:
- Damage to insulation and framing materials produced by moisture accumulation
- Weakening of internal structures caused by mold and fungus growth
A Solar Star Roof Ventilation System prevents these issues by equalizing interior and exterior temperatures, safeguarding your home from the worst of winter.
Our range of Solatube products
Roof Mounted Roof Space Fans
Installation and Operation
Solar Star is installed into your roof using the same kind of flashings that are included with our tubular skylights. These flashings, designed for pretty much every type of flat and pitched roof that can be found in Australia, will ensure that Solar Star is leakproof and easy to install. Whatever your roof pitch and whatever your roofing material, Solar Star can be installed in around half an hour. The main unit with the exhaust screen, fan and solar panel is mounted to the flashing and base with high quality, long lasting stainless steel screws.
Appearance and Acoustics
Solar Star is nice looking and low profile, so it won’t have a negative impact on the appearance of your roof. It’s much more subtle and attractive than a whirlybird and depending on the size you buy, one Solar Star provides the same amount of ventilation as at least ten whirlybirds. It is also quiet. You won’t hear it from the building interior or exterior. Because it’s solar powered and therefore only runs during the day, you won’t hear it at night!
An Ideal Solution
Solar Star is perfect for cooling your roof cavity during a hot Australian summer as it runs fastest when the sun is bright and direct, it provides more air changes exactly when they’re needed. At night when it’s cooler, it provides minimal, passive ventilation through its exhaust screen. It works in both summer and winter to help regulate you home’s temperature.
The Solar Star, like the Solatube skylight, is an easy solution providing huge benefits that help you live a greener lifestyle and reduce power costs.
Contact Belle Skylights now to learn more about Solar Star!