Solar panels are not usually thought of as architecturally appealing, most often in the context of installation on the roof of a home.  There is one application that can look good, though, and that is as a shade structure.  Whether it is an awning over a window, or a pergola over a deck or patio, PV panels can look pretty good if the installation is clean and uncluttered.

For the project picture featured here, there are basically three elements:  Cedar wood, white plastic, and aluminum.  The mounting, grounding, and wiring of the panels is 95% hidden so as not to distract from the simple lines of 4 x 6 rafters and beam.

If you would like to explore the building-integrated solar design possibilities at your home, we would be glad to be your guide.  Contact us today to start your free consultation.

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Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects. Join my circles on G+

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