When the installation of solar panels clashes with heritage protection
The 19h30 Journal on the RTS
As seen on the RTS, Freesuns is proud to be a solution balancing the patrimony and energy efficiency!
Curved roof: a challenge brilliantly met by the Freesuns' team!
Discover one of our latest achievements: a curved roof on the Central 2 school in Meggen (LU), a challenge brilliantly met by the Freesuns team!
Meet John Morello, founder of freesuns
Discover the history of Freesuns through its founder John Morello. He tells us about the beginnings and gives us his vision for the future of the company.
Benefits of our installation
Listen to John Morello, founder of Freesuns, as well as some of our clients sharing the benefits of installing their Freesuns roofs.
Find out more about our roofs here
Interview with Norbert Voyame, architect
Norbert Voyame, architect at Argecom, explains why he recommends Freesuns tiles to his clients.
Interview with Pierre Conus, client
Pierre Conus explains the benefits of using solar tiles and why he chose Freesuns for his roof.
INTERVIEW WITH YVES-STEPHANE, CLIENT
Our client Yves-Stéphane talks about his experience with Freesuns after we installed Freesuns tiles on his roof, a particular complex roof. Freesuns tiles adapt to all types of roof structures without compromising their aesthetics.
Interview with Rudolf Beer, roofer
Freesuns offers training to professionals who want to offer a more sustainable alternative to their customers. Rudolf Beer, a roofer, explains how a Freesuns training helped him.
Ideas for the future
The solar tile that fits new and old roofs.
A Vaud-based start-up is launching a roof tile with invisible photovoltaic sensors whose color can be adapted to the roof of protected buildings. lematin.ch
Roof tiles with greater ROI
When Swisspreneur interviews Freesuns' Managing Director
We are happy to share that Deborah Learoyd, our Managing Director, was interviewed by the Swisspreneur for a full podcast. If you want to know everything about the Freesuns’ story and this exciting journey in the life of an entrepreneur family, click on the video and go to the "play" section of the podcast. We wish you a pleasant listening!
This podcast was recorded in collaboration with Energy Startup Day.
Freesuns is proud to take up the challenge of solar tiles in Switzerland
Photovoltaic solutions that provide electricity while acting as a roof are becoming more widespread in Switzerland, where they are subsidized.
The roof of the future
"By integrating solar cells into roof tiles, any roof can be converted into a photovoltaic system – without compromising the aesthetic or architectural integrity of a building..."
FREESUNS WAS NOMINATED FOR THE “GREEN BUSINESS AWARD” IN SWITZERLAND
If we want to preserve our planet for future generations, then businesses must be part of the solution.
To move to more sustainable development, we need role models to guide decision-makers. The “Green Business Award” under the chairmanship of Doris Leuthard honours innovative companies that combine ecological innovations with economic success. A unique selection process via national business associations and environmental organisations guarantees that the most effective solutions are sought out each year. Nominations are made through nomination partners.
Freesuns is very proud to have been nominated for the “Green Business Award”.
Grand Prize results to be known by July 6th. Stay tuned!
FREESUNS RECEIVES THE SOLAR IMPULSE EFFICIENT SOLUTION LABEL
We are pleased to announce that Freesuns was awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label in February 2022.
Boosting the adoption of innovative solutions to protect the environment, the Solar Impulse Foundation
aims to identify clean, efficient and profitable solutions in order to accelerate their implementation and the transition to a sustainable economy.
Thanks to the awarding of a label with high standards of sustainability and profitability, the Foundation can support political and economic decision-makers in their efforts to achieve their environmental targets and encourage them to adopt more ambitious energy regulations, necessary for implementation at large-scale of these solutions on the market.
Freesuns is proud to be recognized by the Solar Impulse Foundation.
Solar tiles or the future of roofs
View the French article published in La Liberté Magazine.
"A Swiss company has developed a concept to optimise the production of electricity from solar energy. Built by a pupil of Le Corbusier, this villa..."
FREESUNS COMPETES WITH TESLA TILES
Freesuns is mentioned in PME Magazine! (article in French)
"A Vaudoise company rivals Tesla. In Colombier-sur-Morges, Freesuns develops custom-made solar tiles with an aesthetic particularly suited to Switzerland's architectural heritage.
French article in Sécurité Environnement Publication
Solar Roof Tiles for Heritage Buildings.
"A young Vaud-based company has developed traditional-looking roof tiles with invisible photovoltaic cells, capable of producing electricity, while preserving the aesthetic appearance of traditional roofs..."
Freesuns joins the Swiss Technology Fund
Freesuns will join the Swiss Technology Fund portfolio of companies.. The Technology Fund supports climate protection through innovative technologies.
We are thrilled to announce that Freesuns will join the Swiss Technology Fund
portfolio of companies. The Technology Fund offers loan guarantees to Swiss companies whose novel products contribute to a sustainable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Freesuns will have access to finance to accelerate our mission over the next few years.
FREESUNS TILES BLEND IN WITH TRADITIONAL VILLAGE ROOFS.
The latest Freesuns solar tile model launched by Freesuns produces electricity while preserving the aesthetic appearance of old roofs with their terracotta colors. View article in French.
With the various models of photovoltaic tiles that he has been designing and installing for five years now, John Morello, founder of Freesuns, is adding a new stone to the solar building industry. After renovating the entire roof of his villa in the modern style of the 1950s, he was able to redo the roof of the small house near the famous Grand Chalet de Balthus, in Rossinière, thanks to superimposed plates that look like two drops of water to slate. The same challenge was met in Grimentz, where his company was commissioned to replace a small shingled roof. It blends in perfectly with the decor of this typical village while supplying energy to the charging stations for electric cars.
Image copyright 24Heures - Jean-Marc Corset
A New Solar Tile to Transform Traditional Roofs into Solar Roofs
Colombier, 11 May 2021: Freesuns is pleased to announce the launch of its innovative Solaris™ VDiamond Terracotta solar tile. This solar tile is revolutionary in its unique shape and range of earth tone colours. The Solaris™ VDiamond solar tile provides a beautiful and simple solution for 100% solar coverage for traditional and heritage buildings.
Freesuns has been working on the development of the Solaris™ VDiamond solar tile for the past three years to bring this ground-breaking product to the Swiss market. The expanded range of Freesuns solar tiles will contribute to an increased adoption of solar energy in Switzerland by providing a sustainable solution for houses and buildings without visually altering traditional roof aesthetics.
The Solaris™ VDiamond solar tile replicates the traditional terracotta clay roof tile and is available in a range of earth tone colours that can match existing roof tiles. The solar tile can fit any roof shape, including complex architectural constructions. It is ideal for houses located in traditional Swiss villages or historic buildings in city centres protected by heritage preservation laws. The installation process is the same as for traditional roof tiles utilising identical wood substructures. The Solaris™ VDiamond roof generates up to 111 Wp per m2.
Freesuns has helped clients produce energy with its range of solar tiles since 2017. With subsidies provided by the Swiss Government (Pronovo) for solar installations, the potential long-term return on investment is significant.
“We are excited to have developed this uniquely shaped colored solar roof tile. The launch of this product, together with our existing product range, enables building owners to install a solar roof without having to compromise on aesthetics.” John Morello, Founder of Freesuns
Freesuns has completed the first installation of the Solaris™ VDiamond tile in the lakeside village of Buchillon, Vaud. The owners were delighted with the results and look forward to using the solar energy generated to charge their electric cars and heat their outdoor swimming pool.
“The roof looks amazing and fits perfectly with the traditional neighbouring village houses “, Craig – Home Owner Buchillon.
Missed the programme about a new Freesuns solar roof in Grimentz?
Watch the replay by clicking the link below.
If you missed the Mission Possible show on Swiss TV RTS about the installation of a Freesuns’ solar roof in Grimentz, you can watch it again by clicking on the following link:
Mission Possible with Freesuns
Don't miss the Swiss TV show "Mission Possible" on December 27th at 5:45 pm about solar energy in Grimentz, with a new Freesuns solar roof built to power electric cars.
We travelled to Grimentz with Marc Muller and his team, to take part in a project to promote renewable energy in the ski resort of Grimentz and to raise awareness about climate change with the local population . To find out more, don't miss this episode!
Image copyright RTS/Darrin Vanselow