Solar panel ideas: Get inspired by these clever eco projects

Self-build with solar panels
This oak frame home blended solar panels with the blue grey slate roof (Image credit: Mark Welsh c/o Oakwrights)

Including solar panel ideas in a self build, renovation or conversion project is a readily-available way to improve your homes eco credentials and reduce your energy bills to boot — but they don't have to be an eye-sore!  

One of the most popular of domestic renewable systems, solar PV (photovoltaic) panels are a quiet, low-maintenance option which is, generally, relatively inexpensive to install (in the terms of renewable technologies). 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.