For more than 30 years, there have been strong efforts to accelerate the deployment of solar-electric systems by developing photovoltaic (PV) products that are fully integrated with building materials. This report examines the status of building-integrated PV (BIPV), with a focus on the cost drivers of residential rooftop systems, and explores key opportunities and challenges in the marketplace.
Date: November 1, 2011
Creator: James, T.; Goodrich, A.; Woodhouse, M.; Margolis, R. & Ong, S.
Photograph of a print of the old Main Building during its demolition. Exterior walls are still standing and there is exposed brick on the interior. Rubble is in piles inside of the walls and a ladder is propped up against one of the walls. The rooftop of a building is visible behind the trees past the Main Building. The print is attached to glass with tape.
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is designed to re-establish American technological leadership, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness in the global clean energy race, and help America obtain a secure energy future. This fact sheet highlights the achievements of the initiative since 2010.
Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) cells are now doubling as rooftop shingles. PV shingles offer many advantages. The energy generated from a building's PV rooftop shingles can provide power both to the building and the utility's power grid.