6 Steps to Valuable Solar Architecture
These six inspired solar architecture ideas will increase the value of your home regardless of your reason for implementing them. Adding solar to a pre-existing home can limit the solar panel options. However, that doesn’t invalidate these methods. Installing solar on a pre-existing home can increase its value while saving the homeowner thousands on electricity bills.
1. Blending the Roofline With Quality Solar Panels
To effectively blend solar into the roofline, homeowners should choose a black-on-black monocrystalline solar panel, like the solar panels in our product suite. Monocrystalline solar panels have a dark tinge to them.
High-quality solar panels often also have an anti-reflective coating to mitigate glare and increase light absorption in the solar cell. In contrast to the blue hue of polycrystalline solar panels with flashy aluminum frames, these solar panels add a sleek touch to any home.
Adding quality solar panels to your home can make even solar panels on the front of a home look attractive. This option works well for many roof types, but especially for houses with dark shingles since they match seamlessly with black roofs.
2. Optimizing Your Yard With Ground Mounts
Homes without the roof space for a solar array might have the yard space for a ground mount. Adding backyard solar allows the home to run on solar power without panels visible on their roof. This option works best for homes on large lots.
3. Add Shade With Solar Architecture
A north or east-facing home often has a backyard with little shade in the evening. However, with a solar add-on, you can create shade while utilizing the sun. Adding a solar-powered back patio kills two birds with one stone.
4. Building Solar Into the Roof
Unlike a pre-existing home, a new home can have solar panels added during the construction stages. Adding in-roof solar panels to the home installs flush with the roof, creating a smooth look. This installation type works best for new homes and houses that need reroofing because it aligns with roofing material.
5. Solar Inspired Home Design: Form Follows Function
New homes with solar house designs can avoid a lot of hurdles that pre-existing homes face. Solar-inspired home designs allow for the optimal angle for each solar panel, the space needed for solar to power the house, and the direction the home faces.
These plans may also take into account passive solar design, which allows the home to stay cool during the summer and warm during the winter. In passive solar, the materials in the home act as collectors, absorbers, and controls. Together they facilitate air distribution throughout the house, decreasing electricity needs.
6. New Construction and Solar Shingles
Since each solar shingle takes the place of regular shingles, solar shingles also work best for houses in the building stages or homes that need a new roof. While homes need more solar shingles than solar panels, they disguise themselves as roof shingles, which make them ideal for homeowners who detest the look of solar panels. Do note, however, that these shingles are less efficient and much more expensive.