Solar panels are an alternative energy system that reduces your energy costs and actually increases the value of your home. In fact, buyers will “pay a premium” to own a solar-paneled home.
No longer considered “ugly,” solar panels can now be attractively incorporated into your green home design. Another option for larger roofs are solar shingles that look like traditional shingles.
Trilogy Partners combine sustainability and visual ambiance in Colorado solar power installations. Internationally, six home designs have been recognized for incorporating eco-friendly solar panels into attractive and striking home design:
- Activehouse, Austria and Denmark – Solar panels actually generate more energy than the families need.
- Malibu 5 Modern Beach House – Roof solar panels and hot water collectors are invisible in this home built from recycled materials.
- Enertia Home, Blue Ridge Mountains, NC – Solid-wood walls are energy efficient and the roof solar provide electricity.
- Cornell University Solar Decathlon Home – Solar power is the only energy source for this 800 sq.ft. home.
- SunPower – Westport, CT – A 5kw solar system using 225-watt solar panels works well on smaller roofs.
- SRS Energy Palm Springs, CA – Solar roofing tiles blend into the home’s tiled roof.
Is your home a good candidate for solar panels?