You still hear it. Neighborhood associations right down to individuals don’t want solar panels because they’re too bulky and too unpleasant to look at. Eeewwww. Photovoltaics. Shudder.
But now a new kind of solar panel that’s as thin as an electric bill might get sun haters on the renewable energy bandwagon.
Dutch designer Ruben Beijer from Stafier Holland created rooftop solar panels in a way that makes them barely noticeable. Instead of sitting on a supporting structure on a roof, these tiles replace roof shingles altogether. By getting rid of the support, the solar panels are streamlined and nearly flush with the roof.