Solar energy has seen a dramatic reduction in cost on a per-watt basis for the average homeowner over the past several years. In fact, a 70% drop since 2010. This factor has been driven by technological design improvements that have improved power storage efficiency and output for PV systems.
If you live in a part of the world with high exposure to sunlight regularly, consider a new solar panel design for your home.
This article outlines exactly what you need to consider to make the decision-making process a little easier.
Let’s get started!
1. Building-integrated Photovoltaics
Building-integrated photovoltaics are designed to blend into the existing architecture of a home. For example, they can take the form of curtain walls, skylight systems, roofs, or canopies. They can be substituted as a building material for less efficient materials you may have used otherwise.
This photovoltaic option will not only save you on electric power costs, but it could also save you on the cost of your next building project altogether.
2. Solar Skins Technology
Solar skins are an emerging PV technology that incorporates a custom design into your solar panel system. Think of solar skins like car wraps used by advertisers on automobiles.
The solar skin is designed to filter sunlight to the photovoltaic cells beneath it while keeping the surface design intact. Imagine the different ways you could camouflage your solar panels to match existing architecture.
Solar skins do not need a frame or rail for application, either. They can be used to cover up less than desirable aesthetic components of an existing PV system. However, they are on average 10% more costly than average solar panel systems.
3. Rooftop Solar Panels
You are more than likely familiar with the classic rooftop solar panel design system. It is still one of the most popular and efficient designs available, and they keep getting better. Their average energy yield continues to increase as manufacturers improve on materials and design.
You will need to keep in mind that a rooftop solar panel system will need maintenance and cleaning from time to time. You don’t want to be missing out on precious energy production during peak sunlight days. However, you don’t necessarily need a huge number of solar panels to power your home, either.
One alternative to rooftop solar panel designs is the solar shingle. They are exactly what you are thinking, a replacement for your roofing shingles. If you need a roof replacement, look into purchasing solar shingles.
Choosing the Right Solar Panel Design for Your Home
You can power your entire home from the sun’s free energy with the right solar panel design. No longer is solar power generated by ground or rooftop-mounted panels. With the advancements in PV technology mentioned above, solar is becoming more applicable everywhere.
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