Not everyone welcomes the rising interest in solar. Homeowners associations and historic preservation committees have resisted, sometimes in court, residents who wish to install panels on their houses. But Ventura, Calif.-based Colored Solar offers colored and patterned solar modules to help break down those barriers.
The 225-W panels run at 15% to 16% efficiency, making them comparable to conventional black models, based on testing at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The manufacturer says they install like conventional panels and are comparably priced, with a 25-year power warranty and 5-year workmanship warranty.
Palmieri says options such as colored solar panels and Dow’s PowerHouse solar shingle have solved the “aesthetics issue” and brought solar to new populations and communities. SPW
Learn more by listening to our Solar Speaks Podcast with Colored Solar COO Paul Wise