Customizable solar panels blend with any residential roof (video)
One of the knocks against home solar power has been the loss of curb appeal from adding up to several dozen glass and metal framed solar modules to the roof.
Now a company has designed customizable panels that help blend with the roof design, or create a custom design for a holiday or a favorite sports team.
Much like Apple and Tesla accomplished with smartphones and electric cars, Sistine Solar is using design to drive the mass adoption of clean, cheap and renewable energy. To do that, the company developed SolarSkin, solar panels that come in any color, image or pattern -- for example, a pattern of a red Spanish tile roof -- and thus transforms a traditional, strictly utilitarian solar installation into one that elegantly marries form and function. Homeowners can now buy a solar system, which not only saves money, generates clean energy, and increases the value of a home, but also blends in with -- or accentuates -- their desired aesthetic.
"Solar panels have been stuck in the last century, much like the 1915 Ford Model T, 'you can get any color as long as its black.' That's what makes SolarSkin so exciting, it's 21st century technology -- homeowners can now choose solar panels in any color, image or pattern," commented Ido Salama, co-founder of Sistine.
With an award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the company has been able to accelerate the pace of commercialization and plans to deliver tested and certified solar systems to pre-order customers by Q1 2017. To see if a home qualifies and is eligible for a free, personalized roof assessment, visit the company’s website.
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