News flash: Solar panels do not have to be ugly.
In the past, the look of solar panels deterred people from making the switch. With solar being more flexible and adaptable than ever before, it’s possible to achieve all the benefits of solar energy while keeping your home or business looking its best.
Today’s solar installation companies have a variety of options when it comes to installing PV panels. The best approach is to have a solar contractor come out and provide you with an estimate. From here, you can ask all the right questions, such as how the panels will blend in.
Here are some of the things that solar installation companies may do to ensure an aesthetically pleasing design:
One way to enhance the look of solar panels is to blend them in with their environment. These so-called “solar skins” allow PV panels to blend in with the roof without compromising energy production. This technology is so flexible, panels can be made to match clay tiles, shingles, or even custom artwork.
Another solar system option is a frameless design. These panels don’t have the traditional metal framework so they appear to “float” on the rooftop. To much surprise, frameless designs haven’t picked up traction. Though they improve aesthetics, they require specialized mounting structures and are more expensive to install. It’s also a concern that the edges could be more fragile.
The most common way to achieve an artistic look is by taking the facade approach. With this method, the custom PV panels may be used for other purposes beyond solar energy production. For example, they can offer shade protection or rain protection. The panels may also be integrated into skylights.
Black PV Panels
One last option that homeowners have is choosing a black solar system over a blue one. Black is generally more attractive than blue, and the panels tend to be more efficient. Because of their unique manufacturing process, the system absorbs more of the sun’s energy. Black panels are more expensive, but you should need less, which can make the cost difference smaller.
In the end, it all comes down to the solar installer you work with, the ideas they have and the quality of the installation. This is why it’s important to meet with several companies. Get a feel for how the overall design will look and the many ways your home’s architecture can be enhanced.