Colored Photovoltaics: CoolTechStuff

Larry Mortimer, AIA

While in the process of designing a new home for my family, I’m of course looking to make it as energy efficient as possible.  This includes photovoltaic cells on the roof.  While looking for my solution I came across colored PV panels, which I did not know about.  Here are three companies that offer colored solar panels.

Kameleon Solar:  Kameleon Solar is a Dutch company that designs and manufactures colored solar panels.  The company offers panels in custom sizes where the glass is colored or the cells are colored.  With the colored glass approach the cells are not visible and the panels appear to be one solid color.  With the colored cell approach, the cells are visible and the panels have a sparkling appearance.  The colored glass panels are available in eight colors (gold, green, blue-green, blue, terra-cotta, bronze, light grey, and grey).  The colored cell panels are available in five colors (sparkling gold, disco pink, emerald green, stone elegance, and diamond blue).

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V-energy: V-energy Green Solutions is an Italian company that makes photovoltaic panels in four colors (red, green, black, and transparent which appears blue). The panels come in two sizes (1000mm x 1980mm & 998mm x 1668mm) with 60 and 72 cells, and a power range of 250-320 W.  The panels are constructed of anti-glare tempered glass with low iron content for optimum light collection, and an anodized aluminum frame.

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Colored Solar:  Colored Solar is a company in Los Angeles that also provides photovoltaic panels in several colors (red, green, metallic gold, pink diamonds, lavender, earth brown, emerald green, polished marble, and polished slate).  These panels measure 1652mm x 990mm, with a power range of 230-245 W.

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Conclusion:  Colored solar panels could help integrate PV into your project.  They could be particularly useful in historic renovation projects, or projects that are subject to design review restrictions.  Be sure to check the efficiency of any panel you want to use, because some colors are not as efficient as others.

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