Solar panels are installed for maximum solar power production, not looks. But it’s understandable that most homeowners, and their neighbors, don’t want an eyesore.

Today’s solar panels are not nearly as bulky as yesterday’s, and thin-film technology continues to evolve. The industry is also getting better when it comes to the nuts and bolts required to attach solar panels to roofs, including more discreet racking.

Some manufacturers are experimenting with panels tinted in various colors, but blue or black panels currently optimize the capturing of solar energy.

In addition, most homeowner associations have aesthetic rules to preserve the look of neighborhoods. This includes arrays on which the top line of the panels does not extend beyond the roofline.