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The idea for Sistine was born in 2012 at the Muddy Charles, a cherished campus watering hole at MIT. In that unfettered atmosphere where dreams are pursued, we wondered, “What would the world look like if solar energy were truly beautiful?” Like the most infectious ideas, that question grew on us, so much so that we have been pursuing it ever since.

Two years later, we debuted the concept for SolarSkin with a picture of the Starbucks logo on a prototype solar panel. It looked more a science fair exhibit than a real product. From those humble beginnings, the concept grew wings. A grant from the US Department of Energy followed, then the development of a full color palette to match any roof aesthetic, successful completion of long-term durability testing at NREL, Fraunhofer CSE, and leading outdoor test centers, commercial launch and first customer in 2016.

Today, SolarSkin has been deployed on multiple installations in over 2 dozen states around the country. We are witnessing the joy, the excitement, the sparkle in the eye, when consumers see SolarSkin panels in real life. And we are flooded with new customer inquiries on a daily basis from folks who had never considered solar before. That is the power of design!






April 10, 2018

​The Department of Energy estimates that there are 13 million homes across the country that shy away from adopting solar because they don’t like the look of panels. New technology from Sistine Solar hopes to combat this problem with custom solar panels designed to match any underlying rooftop. 

Solar Builder

March 08, 2018

​Homeowners care about curb appeal, and sometimes a solar system clashes with their aesthetics. To remedy this, there are all-black panels and BIPV solar shingles, but there is still room for visual innovation. Sistine Solar was the first to come out with a camouflaged solution in SolarSkin, which matches the actual look of shingles on the PV panel itself. Now, Sistine is ready to go a step further with SolarSkin Design Studio, an online platform that will let homeowners customize the look and feel of their solar installation.

The Heights

November 16, 2017

​Nestled away in a quiet Somerville side street, Greentown Labs serves not only as a shelter from the premature reminders of the imminent New England winter—inside, young entrepreneurs brainstorm in a haven for Boston’s most promising clean-tech startups, a creative sanctuary far removed from the grasp of corporate rigidity and static business playbooks. Here, an open-plan office space coupled with standing desks and a fully-outfitted prototyping lab facilitates a natural exchange of ideas. Succulents pop out from desk space dividers.

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