How Design Is Making Solar Energy Popular


by Phumlani Mntambo

Solar Panels by Sistine Solar

What if solar were beautiful?

That's the question Sistine Solar is asking, and concludes that people and organizations are more likely to adopt solar energy if solar panels matched their design taste.

You've probably seen solar panels in other people's houses, but it hasn't occurred to you to get one yourself yet. Perhaps because you don't care that much about the environment, alternative energy or energy preservation. Or maybe, it's because the panels you've seen are... ugly, and stick out like a sore thumb.

When solar panels were initially designed they were designed to be functional, not aesthetic. Much like the cellphones of the old days. But like with most technological advancements, design finds a way to improve what's already working.
Beautiful house with SolarSkin Solar panels
These custom SolarSkin solar panels by the American startup company, Sistine Solar, will be available to the public in 2017. However, they are available for pre-order through their website. These panels are already being used in many public facilities, including a beautiful public solar parklet in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with free and unlimited phone charging - 100% solar powered.
Benefits of solar energy are plentiful, the common being that it saves money, increases your home value, and since the introduction of SolarSkins, can make you the envy of your neighborhood. Rinkesh Kukreja from Conserve Energy Future shared some interesting facts about solar energy with us:
  • Space missions by various countries use solar energy to power their spaceships. 
  • Solar energy has been used for over 2700 years. In 700 BC, glass lenses were used to make fire by magnifying the sun's rays.
  • By relying on battery backup, solar energy can even provide electricity 24×7, even on cloudy days and at night.
If the last time you thought about a solar panel was back in primary school, looking at your solar powered calculator, perhaps it's time to reconsider your options. Solar energy is an alternative energy source that is sure to be dominant in the coming future. Where we are likely to see a wider adoption of this reliable, abundant energy source that has no environmental effects and produces no pollution.

1 comment


  • Mary Price

    Great content piece. Just got myself a solar panel installed at home.


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