5 Spectacularly Beautiful Solar Installations

Believe it or not, a common reason people stray away from solar setups is because they think they are “ugly”. Nowadays, more than ever, people care about the aesthetics of their home. Solar has answered to that. With lighter, sharper, and smarter designs, it is time people took another look at solar paneling and realized the many possibilities available to incorporating it into a home or business. 

We found 5 awesome solar installations to help change that stigma. 

1. CLIFF HOUSE

Inconspicuous placement of solar panels allows  for the architecture to highlighted, and the solar panels to be hidden. http://altius.net/projects/cliff-house/

This house was built overlooking the beautiful Muskoka Lakes in Ontario. The aim of the project was modern design and sustainable functionality. Looking to be completely off the grid, this house is outfitted with solar slabs and panels. 

2. SOLAR HOUSE

http://www.trendir.com/house-design/eco-sustainable-home-award-winning-german-design.html

This incredible house was created by students at Technische Universitat Darmstadt in Germany. They won first prize in the Solar Decathlon. With solar sustainability in mind, the students designed a house that is completely covered with solar cells, which generates 200%  of the homes energy use. 

3. FAB LAB HOUSE

http://www.fablabhouse.com/en/

http://www.fablabhouse.com/en/

This awesome home comes from The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. This eco project based in Madrid aimed at making a house in which its "form followed its energy". It generates 3 times as much energy as it uses, it looks awesome, and sells at 69,000 dollars. 

4. VODACOM

image : http://www.wspgroup.com/en/WSP-Africa/What-we-do/Project-Case-Studies/VODACOM-CENTURY-CITY-SOLAR-POWER---CAPE-TOWN-SOUTH-AFRICA/         article : http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/vodacom-shows-off-its-solar-rooftop-the-largest-in-africa-2013-03-06

image : http://www.wspgroup.com/en/WSP-Africa/What-we-do/Project-Case-Studies/VODACOM-CENTURY-CITY-SOLAR-POWER---CAPE-TOWN-SOUTH-AFRICA/        

article : http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/vodacom-shows-off-its-solar-rooftop-the-largest-in-africa-2013-03-06

This is an astounding 542kWp installation on the top of the Vodacom building in Cape Town, South Africa. It takes record as the largest solar panel array setup on a single building in Africa. Go Vodacom! 

5. SOLAR CANOPY

http://www.toledomuseum.org/about/green/solar/

http://www.toledomuseum.org/about/green/solar/

A lot of places are now turning toward solar parking canopies. Here at the Toledo museum, where they are known for being green, they have gone off the grid before with this 360kw system they installed.