January 21, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Xantrex Technology and Atlantis Energy Systems are offering a new inverter and solar panel combination designed to make it easier for home builders to install renewable energy systems. By combining a Xantrex SunTie XR Grid-tie Inverter with Atlantis Energy System’s Sunslates roofing product, the roof of a house can act as both a roof and a power plant simultaneously. Sunslates are a fiber cement photovoltaic (PV) slate roofing product based on the Swiss Eternit system. The system is popular in Europe and has been used for 60 years with great success, according to Atlantis Energy. An installation of 216 Sunslates(r) (about 300 square feet) will cover 60 to 80 percent of the power needs of a typical residence, according to the company.