Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Benefits

Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) is a growing area within the booming renewable energy industry. Research from NanoMarkets forecasts that the BIPV market is projected to surpass $11 billion by 2016.  Growing from 343 megawatts installed to 3.6 gigawatts installed by 2016.  That’s 3.6 billion watts!  According to an National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technical report on BIPV, many stakeholders describe BIPV as a multifunctional product—one that acts as both a building material and a device that generates electricity (e.g., a solar shingle).

Most of the residential solar installations are Building Applied Photovoltaics (BAPV), meaning that the solar is a retrofit, added to the roof  after the structure is completed.  BIPV systems replace building elements instead of being applied over other elements.  In this case, we are speaking of carport arrays, and awnings designed to shade building structures.

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By |December 19, 2013|Categories: Education, Projects, Solar PV|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Commercial Solar Installation Video

Check out PPC Solar’s latest commercial installation timelapse video  –  13kW in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

 

By |December 12, 2013|Categories: Company, Projects, Video|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Solar Leasing vs. Solar Financing (To Own)

The emergence of solar leases, in which homeowners agree to pay for the solar electricity generated but not the equipment or labor costs, has propelled the growth of the residential solar market. In fact, solar leases could boost the market to grow from $1.3 billion in 2012 to $5.7 billion in 2016, according to […]

By |September 10, 2013|Categories: Education, Solar PV|Tags: , , , |0 Comments