Aesthetics of Solar Panels
Not everyone thinks solar panels have street appeal. The look of solar panels is often one of the reasons that HOAs have an issue with solar on the homes in their associations.
However, not all solar panels stand out like a sore thumb. There are multiple solar panel options, and install methods, that hide solar from the untrained eye.
The flexibility that these options provide makes finding a solar option that meets the aesthetic restrictions that the HOA has agreed on a non-issue.
HOA Solar Panel Restrictions
While most HOAs don't — or can't — ban solar panels, they can place restrictions. These restrictions are often in line with what the HOA feels is going to increase street appeal.
Solar shingles are the most popular aesthetic approach to solar. Solar shingles, however, are best for new builds or homes that need the roof replaced. However, these are also one of the more expensive solar options.
Monocrystalline Solar Panels
Monocrystalline solar panels are the best option for efficiency and the next best option for aesthetics. These solar panels are black, which helps them blend more easily into the roofline. At Go Solar Group, we use a high-quality black-on-black Axitec 60-cell 315-watt monocrystalline solar panel.
Polycrystalline Solar Panels
Polycrystalline solar panels are often blue in hue. They also aren’t as efficient as monocrystalline solar panels.
Thin-Film Solar Panels
Thin-film solar panels have several different production methods. They are typically less efficient and best for homes with lots of extra space. Per-solar-panel, thin-film is cheaper, but more solar panels are required to meet the needs of a home and the warranties are often shorter.
New Solar Panels on the Market
There are several new solar panels on the market right now. However, because they are new, they haven't been tested and are, therefore, less commonly used for residential solar.
Solar Mounting Options
There are several solar mounting options for homeowners. The mounting system to choose depends on the type of roof, the shading, and where the homeowner has space.