How I Grew To Love The Aesthetics of Rooftop Solar

I worried my panels would be ugly. Now I think they look awesome

Clive Thompson

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A sideways view of the solar panels on my roof. There are four triangular aluminum struts, each about nine feet tall, supporting a flat canopy of solar panels that is about 30 feet long and 20 feet wide
The solar panels on my roof

That picture above?

It’s the solar array on the roof of my house in Brooklyn.

When I first had them installed four and a half years ago, I worried they’d look terrible.

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Clive Thompson

I write 2X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”. @clive@saturation.social clive@clivethompson.net