Integrating different solar construction elements to create an aesthetic design is both a challenge and an opportunity. There are multiple possibilities that are constantly growing in number thanks to new technical solutions and architectural developments. In most cases, a harmonious overall picture seems advisable. Solar panels and thermal panels can be rooftop-mounted using the same bracketing system, or PV systems may be integrated into the facade so as to reflect the style of the adjacent windows. Photovoltaic systems can be built into conventional roofs as (large) shingles, while solar components can replace other functional construction elements, such as screens, noise protections, fall protections, shading panels or weather protections. Some solar modules are already available in a natural earthenware colour.
More and more components combine several functionalities, e.g. semi-transparent solar power cells that supply daylight; hybrid collectors that generate both power and heat; or solar heating walls that can store heat and transmit light.