The Rise of Building integrated Photovoltaics (BiPV)

Building integrated Photovoltaics (BiPV) – photovoltaic-generating components built into the fundamental structures of buildings, such as solar facades, solar windows or solar roofs – are a growing phenomenon in the MENA region and across the world.

BIPV solutions can also be installed in car parks, bus stations, stadiums and even homes. BiPV structures exist in areas of buildings that would typically be replaced by a regular, non-PV generating component. This technology should not be confused with rooftop PV, which consists of simply installing or attaching solar panels to the roofs of buildings. The BiPV portion of a building primarily acts as a part of the building structure while its secondary function is to act as a power generation source.

The sector in the MENA region is still in its nascent stages. Recently, much attention has been paid to large, utility scale power plants and rooftop solar projects, but this new report from the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) explores the use of BiPV and how the technology can potentially help countries in the region achieve their decarbonisation targets.

Although BiPV products in the MENA region are still new when compared to other PV markets, they will play a vital role in helping countries in the MENA region meet their long-term decarbonisation goals.

Read the full report from MESIA here

The Middle East Solar Industry Association  is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that aims to promote solar power in the Middle East and Northern Africa and organise networking opportunities for solar professionals.

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  • Julian Gallego

    May 11, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Hi,

    I have a couple of question about this. Can anyone give a hand?

    Thanks.

    Reply

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