Myth #3: Solar electric systems will destroy the aesthetics of my home Most people who make this complaint are thinking about older solar hot water systems which employ large panels that sit in plain site on the roof. While I think solar hot water systems are very useful appliances for any home, solar electric systems are much different. They typically use much less space and come in shapes and models that make them almost invisible. The newest solar electric systems can have black backings which make the panel look uniform and have trim that blends the solar array into the roof like a skylight. The bottom line is that solar module manufacturers realize that in order for solar power to be accepted as a mainstream energy solution it has to look mainstream.