The solar panel system has been around for years, but is now the main choice in residential real estate. But despite the obvious energy efficiency and long-term savings, some of the market is hesitant in terms of design and aesthetics.
If you like other smart homeowners, you might ask questions like: How can I integrate solar into my property without damaging the attractiveness and design of my sidewalk? Well, read on – because we have answers.
Choosing the Right Location
When installing a solar panel system on your property, the physical location of the solar panel and other components are key elements in the equation.
Most homeowners start by considering the roof. Because the roof is usually the highest point on the property, it often makes it the best location. Solar panels usually produce the most energy when they face south. If the back or side of your house is oriented south, it is much easier to utilize the roof space without reducing the appeal of the sidewalk. But if the front of your house faces south, you might need to look elsewhere on the property.
Solar panels are probably the biggest component of the system, but there are other elements to think about – like solar battery storage. Battery storage systems can be large and must be installed in areas of the property where they will not interfere with visual design. If you have an unfinished basement, a large utility room, or an open garage, these are all ideal locations.
Land vs. Installation Roof Installation
While most homeowners choose to install solar panels on the roof, there are alternative options for those who don't like the appearance of a roof installation and / or don't have the right roof orientation for optimal energy production. For those who have large tracts of land, the mountain base is worth seeing.
In general, installing solar panels on land is more expensive than installing on the roof. (They need extra labor and permits.) However, they often produce better long-term ROI for properties that are not suitable for roof panels. That's because, unlike a rooftop solar system that requires perfect angles and free distances from obstructions, panels mounted on the ground can be found wherever the conditions are ideal.
Another benefit of solar panels mounted on the ground is that you are not limited by the size of your roof. You can develop your system to meet your energy consumption needs without many problems.
Innovative Solar Panel Design
While some homeowners are proud of solar panels mounted on their roofs, other homeowners prefer a wiser look. Fortunately, photovoltaic technology has improved and we now see more practical and inconspicuous products appearing on the market.
"The latest generation of solar products integrates photovoltaic cells with traditional building materials, such as shingles or slates, so they are part of the building, not an add-on," HGTV explained. "These products are best suited for new construction or new roof projects rather than retrofits. While it is not necessary to cover your entire roof with a solar blackboard or shingles to power your home, such as conventional PV panels, your roof should face south, southeast or southwest. "
Photovoltaic skylights are another option. While they still have the appearance of solar panels from the outside, they allow you to enjoy and embrace natural sunlight indoors. From the inside, they look like large and modern skylights.
Then there is the "sun skin." Developed by a startup based in Boston, this panel is designed to match the appearance of the existing roof without limiting efficiency or reducing production.
According to ASME"The layer uses selective light filtering to display images while still sending light to the underlying solar cell, using advances in color science and human visual perception."
Sun skin is definitely the most expensive choice on the market today – the price is about 10 percent higher than traditional photovoltaic systems – but it is a good choice for smart homeowners with space in the budget. For those who are more patient, the hope is that costs will fall as adoption increases in the coming years.
Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds
Gone are the days when you had to choose between curb appeal and energy efficiency. With alternative choices, new innovations, and developing technology, it is possible to have an aesthetically sustainable and pleasant home. Consider all your options before investing.