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Discreet Solar Power For Your Roof


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Cher
- 334 days ago - greenerideal.com
Here is an inconvenient truth that advocates of alternative energy sources are reluctant to admit - solar panels are an eyesore. Especially in a residential setting, they detract from the aesthetic of any house, no matter how much the owner tries



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Kit B. (276)
Friday October 18, 2013, 9:24 am

I just had to share the link for this and some that were attached. Many of my friends and I are stuck in towns that will not allow either wind or solar, the excuse being it is ugly. Well next month's city council meeting should be interesting. I just sent all the members of the council a link to this. It actually looks better than regular shingles. We are all well aware that looks are not the issue, this is after all Texas and the only god worshiped here is OIL.
 

Donna G. (38)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:33 pm
I don't see many homes with solar panels. But, there are some in newer residential areas as well as in areas under construction. Personally, I think they add a modern, artsy quality to any home. Also, as far as ugliness factor goes, those corrugated steel roofs win hands down. In Central WA, the corrugated steel roofs are almost a necessity for winter weather, especially when it snows a lot. Even if the temps are below freezing, if the sun is shining on one of those roofs, it will warm the steel enough that the snow will slide off.

I don't know how most people feel about the wind turbines; but, I see them as modern day statues. They also have an artsy quality about them. Standing high on the ridge, they are like sentries watching over the valley.

If given a choice, I would take the rooftop solar panels over the corrugated steel.
 

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (51)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:09 pm
I like the new solar panels,thanks for sharing
 

Thomas B. (1)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:26 pm
Demand the same "aesthetic standards" for satellite dishes, antennaes, air conditioners, evsporative coolers and skylights. This assinine attitude is supported by fossil fues utilities and helped destroy solar energy even in AZ in the '80's, by requiring expensive parapets be built around solar panels on the roof.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Friday October 18, 2013, 3:24 pm
Solar panels are not an eyesore. Nuclear power plants are an eyesore, and dangerous to all of us.
 

Julie W. (21)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:19 pm
I keep reading of new advances in solar, but I have never seen any products advertised! They seem to be a well-kept secret.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:50 pm
noted & read
 

Kim Ireland (23)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 12:00 am
I'd rather see solar panels on every home and wind turbines rather than nuclear power plants (concrete monstrocities) and coal mines - and maybe they should get rid of the eyesore air conditioning units on the side of houses and apartments
 

Jason Topps (9)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:28 am
Noted, good design idea, I'm always in favour of both solar and wind generation of power.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 3:50 am
Neat - thanks for sharing
 

Tammy Natoli (44)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 5:51 am
If I could get solar panels...I would! Don't think they look bad. Our Earth is looking bad :(
 

Tom Tree (254)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 8:15 am
Awesome article & Thanks for sharing this !
 

Ruth R. (219)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 5:30 am
From the article:
"There are also other benefits to installing solar shingles on your roof. To start with, they absorb ultraviolet light which is how they generate power and this in turn protects the insulation and membranes on the roof from ultraviolet degradation. They are also typically a dark blue-purple color, so they look very similar to regular shingles and give the roof an attractive appearance. Finally, while solar shingles used to be more expensive to install than traditional solar panels, modern ones can be installed in less than half the time it takes to install a solar panel, making them much more cost-effective."

How are these going to help the earth -- unless they are bio-degradable eventually -- and are manufactured and taken from the earth -- in such a way -- as not to hurt the earth, manking and all that lives on earth!
 

Ruth R. (219)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 5:31 am
Great post ! Let's keep on going solar!
 
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