Solar Panel Installations

Browse photos of homes equipped with solar panels.

An array of 20 photovoltaic solar panels sits atop the roof of a California house. With each panel producing 250 watts, this array creates a 5-kw system. A south-facing orientation that receives unobstructed sunlight all day is optimal. Photo courtesy of SolarCity  

A photovoltaic array is installed on the south-facing rooftop of a long wing of a California house. A PV array must receive full sunlight for at least four or five hours per day. Photo courtesy of SolarCity  

A gently sloped roof facing toward a home's private pool area offers plenty of surface for an array of 42 photovoltaic solar panels. Photo courtesy of SolarCity  

Two arrays of photovoltaic solar panels are installed on the third-story roof of a traditional brick-and-clapboard house in the Los Angeles area. Photo courtesy of SolarCity  

Three rows of photovoltaic solar panels are installed on the standing-seam metal roof of a California house. Photo courtesy of SolarCity  

A 25-panel photovoltaic array makes maximum use of the shed-style dormer roof on a home in a densely populated neighborhood. Photo courtesy of SolarCity  

A house with multiple wings and an extensive roofline offers more than one place to install solar panels. Photo courtesy of SolarCity  

An array of 22 photovoltaic solar panels is positioned so it receives sunlight without interference from foliage located in other areas of the property. Photo courtesy of SolarCity  

The photovoltaic solar panels on this garden pavilion do double duty: They generate electricity for the property while also creating a shady spot. For houses where the roof is obscured by foliage or is not oriented to the south, the roof of an outbuilding is a good option for a PV installation. Photo courtesy of SolarCity  

Dow POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles, a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product, combine solar cells directly into a roofing shingle, to generate electricity. The shingles can be installed alongside conventional roofing shingles, as shown on this house. Visit www.dowsolar.com for more information.  

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