U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The Use of Triangular-Shaped PV Arrays to Better Blend into Historical Structures

When considering the installation of a solar PV array on a designated historical structure, placement of each solar panel requires extra attention to aesthetic considerations. If the solar array cannot be installed behind the structure or “hidden” on a roof plane that is not visible from the public street or sidewalk, it can sometimes be installed as an architectural feature that blends into the historical structure. One way to do this is to utilize triangular-shaped PV panels that conform with the building’s roof lines.

Madison, Wisconsin
United States
October, 2009
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Vipin Gupta (Sandia National Laboratories)