Until recently, aesthetic and performance concerns restrained architects from using BIPV technology in building designs, but this is changing as energy-efficient, flexible, and transparent solar materials become available, noted Pike Research.
“The emerging BIPV market, which straddles the building industry and the solar power industry, offers a new way to develop revenue streams for both parties,” said research director Kerry-Ann Adamson. “Solar suppliers have begun to partner with building and construction companies, as well as designers and architects, and have gained access to completely new markets. At the same time, building companies have started to recognize new opportunities in green buildings and in retrofitting existing homes and commercial facilities.”
While Western Europe will be the largest market for BIPV products, growth in the sector will be evenly distributed across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, according to the report.
And although the solar industry has faced numerous challenges in the United States, the U.S. government is paying greater attention to BIPV, as shown by the Department of Energy’s approval of an additional $145 million in funding for the SunShot Initiative — and specifically BIPV development programs — in September 2011.
Publication date: 9/10/2012