Why Are Solar Cells So Ugly

Have you ever seen a bank of solar cells? When they are embedded in the side or roof of a large, glass, corporate building, they can sometimes appear very modern and very attractive. However, if you have ever seen solar cells placed on homes in a residential neighborhood, they generally stand out like the proverbial sore thumb. Fortunately, there is one company who is working to change all of that. Imagine being able to decorate your home with solar cells in such a fashion as to make them … fashionable solar cells. If you think it is impossible, you are not alone but you are also incorrect.

SRS Energy is a company in Philadelphia that makes contemporary (looking) roofing materials made out of solar cells that are capable of supplementing the home energy use of the average home and to actually power the entire home in some rare instances. Many of their designs are difficult to distinguish from traditional roof tiles and even shingles with the exception of perhaps being a bit more attractive and easy on the eyes. What’s more is they actually work quite well considering their natural limitations.

Given the nature of the construction, the solar cells are not always ideally situated and there is some restriction about the amount of solar energy that they can collect. Still, they do average a production rate hovering around five hundred watts per hundred square feet. While this may not be enough to power the average home, if you add these in with a little conservation and common sense, you can greatly reduce both your carbon footprint and your power bills. Whether your concerns are for the environment, your economic situation or both, the roofing materials here are an incredibly attractive alternative to traditional solar panels.

Given their relative newness and rarity in the solar energy field these days, the solar energy roofing materials are still a little expensive for some people but as with everything, that is going to change over time. As thin-filmed solar cells become increasingly popular and commonplace, even more solar energy alternatives and options will become available to the average person at exponentially cheaper prices. The thin-filmed solar cells will also help companies like this one to create even more beautiful adornments and more fully functional solar capabilities.

The thin-filmed solar cells now being developed by the department of energy and DOW Industries look to make the future of solar energy much more efficient, easily installed and cheaper. As the technology advances, look for the costs associated with solar energy production to decrease while the materials being used begin to increase in variety, appearance and efficiency.