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Balkon-Solar Modules and Architecture: Combining Aesthetics and Functionality

2023-07-19

Balcony Solar Modules in Modern Architecture: Where Aesthetics Meets Functionality

Solar modules and battery storage have become integral parts of modern architecture. Even though battery storage is often not directly installed during construction, it is usually at least planned for. Solar mandates already exist in some states in certain areas, and it is expected that these obligations will continue to expand. Therefore, alongside voluntary installations, we will increasingly see solar installations based on legal regulations. However, solar systems have long ceased to be niche products for eco-enthusiasts and have become a product embraced by society as a whole.

 

Accordingly, manufacturers are no longer solely focused primarily on the technical optimization of their products, but also on the aesthetic aspect. Regarding balcony power plants, this means that even so-called plug-and-play variants are now offered. For example, OneStep.Solar offers products as complete sets that are not only technically coordinated and optimized but also designed to integrate into the design concept of apartments and houses. With the subtle appearance of the products, the manufacturer ensures that they add aesthetic value rather than being a visual nuisance.

 

The Role of Solar Modules in Contemporary Buildings

The role of solar modules in contemporary buildings is clear. They are no longer just a "nice-to-have" for individuals who have decided to generate their own electricity. Solar mandates for new buildings and comprehensive roof renovations make solar installations unavoidable, turning them into environmentally friendly architecture. This is no longer just about individual energy independence but also about making a significant contribution to the energy transition and thus to environmental and climate protection. Therefore, installing one's own solar system represents a double benefit: reducing one's own energy costs and contributing to the community. Since over 50 percent of Germans live in rental apartments, not everyone can install a solar system on their roof. However, tenants still have the option to install a so-called balcony solar system to reduce their own energy costs.

 

Aesthetic Considerations for Integrating Solar Modules

There are now many ways to aesthetically integrate solar modules into building construction. Open spaces that are not covered with solar modules, for example, can be covered with so-called blind modules to create a uniform appearance. This applies not only to large solar areas on roofs but can also be used for balcony solar systems. For those whose house or apartment has a flat roof, the balcony power plant can be installed on the roof to shield it from view. However, installation in the garden is also possible. Many design concepts for new buildings already address the question of how solar modules can be integrated into the overall concept during the building design phase, and there are corresponding solutions. For example, facades that already consider the optimal orientation to the sun in their alignment and angle and can be covered with solar modules. This is a step towards sustainable construction.

 

Functionality and Energy Generation: More Than Just Design

Although modern solar modules meet high design expectations, functionality and energy generation are the focus. Modern energy solutions in the field of balcony solar systems are coordinated and optimized systems that allow everyone to participate in the energy transition. So-called plug-and-play systems only need to be assembled, installed, and put into operation according to the instructions. The legal framework is also expanding. For example, it is now possible to commission 800-watt systems, as opposed to 600-watt systems, which were previously classified as micro solar systems. This is important because operators of micro solar systems have significantly fewer legal requirements to meet.

 

Best Practices for Installing Balcony Solar Modules

As mentioned earlier, anyone can install and commission a balcony system. Neither assembly, nor connection, nor commissioning requires specialized personnel. Even bureaucratic hurdles have been minimized and can be easily overcome even by laypeople. A simple registration of the system with the respective energy supply companies is sufficient.

 

Balcony solar modules can be installed in various ways and at different locations. Traditionally, balcony railings, flat roofs, gardens, or house facades are options. However, when setting up, it should be considered that the orientation and shading also have a significant impact on the energy yield. Ideally, the installation location should be unshaded throughout the course of a day.

 

Note: For tenants, it may be important to obtain permission from the landlord to install and operate a balcony solar system. Please observe the legal regulations in this regard. However, it generally cannot hurt to inform the landlord if you plan to purchase and operate a balcony solar system.

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