Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope such as the roof, skylights, or facades.They are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of new buildings as a principal or ancillary source of electrical power, although existing buildings may be retrofitted with similar technology. The advantage of integrated photovoltaics over more common non-integrated systems is that the initial cost can be offset by reducing the amount spent on building materials and labor that would normally be used to construct the part of the building that the BIPV modules replace.
The dual application of renewable energy solar power systems installed as visually pleasing building architecture and design, while also providing the multiple benefits of solar power.
Market leading prices.
BIPV is an elegant way of producing on-site electricity directly from the sun
Less environmental harm, pollution, or depletion of resources.
The PV modules serve a dual purpose: they replace conventional building envelope materials and they generate power.
The PV modules (which might be thin-film or crystalline, transparent, semi-transparent, or opaque)
A charge controller, to regulate the power into and out of the battery storage bank (in stand-alone systems)
Power conversion equipment including an inverter to convert the PV modules' DC output to AC compatible with the utility grid
Backup power supplies such as diesel generators (optional-typically employed in stand-alone systems).
Appropriate support and mounting hardware, wiring, and safety disconnects.