BIPV can unlock new opportunities for European Green Deal

In order to highlight the significant benefits that Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) present, SolarPower Europe has published a new BIPV Declaration, which details how the EU can lead the world in this innovative solar technology. BIPV refers to versatile solar construction products, such as solar roof tiles, façade cladding, and windows, which all enable the seamless deployment of renewable energy generation throughout buildings.

The Declaration urges that the use of BIPV solar construction products be mainstreamed in the EU’s buildings stock, as part of the European Green Deal’s Renovation Wave. This would support the decarbonisation of the EU’s building stock, which is currently responsible for at least 36% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions. Further, this would provide new opportunities for the integration of renewable energy generation capacity in heritage-listed buildings and reinforce European leadership in clean energy technologies. 

The Declaration highlights five priorities to unleash BIPV in the EU: (1) increasing the size and depth of European and global markets, (2) adopting a strategic approach to renewable industries, (3) delivering a single market for BIPV, (4) supporting innovation in solar PV and construction industries, and (5) developing high standards of sustainability for BIPV.

Alexandra Sombsthay, Chair of the BIPV Task Force and VP European & International Public Affairs at Akuo Energy said: “With this new Declaration, we aim to provide legislators with a ready-to-go toolbox to ensure Europe takes the lead on BIPV. This technology offers Europe the opportunity to develop a strategic industrial sector. We will work to ensure a bold industrial policy and for the creation of a single market for construction goods, this will bolster the construction sector, bringing new jobs, innovation and businesses.”

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe, commented: “BIPV can become a flagship European industry. Europe is already where most of these products are installed, and there is vast potential to be exploited in our buildings’ roofs and façades. Decarbonising of EU’s building stock is one of the most powerful drivers to reach the Commission’s C02 emission goals, and BIPV can make new and renovated buildings more sustainable by reducing their emissions, which would in turn lead to cleaner and healthier cities.”

Photo: Sunstyle AG

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