Building Integrated Photovoltaics: Moving Beyond Showcase Projects

October 24, 2011 | State of the Market Report

Despite attracting attention from start-ups as well as large corporations, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) has remained a niche due to high costs, stringent specification requirements, and the early developmental stage for thin-film solar modules best suited for replacing traditional building materials. In this report, we examine the technological and commercial status of BIPV and answer the $6 billion question: “Will BIPV ever become a a major market, or will it stay limited to the aesthetics-minded buyer?”

Coverage Areas

  • Next Generation Power
  • Owning the Energy Transition

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    LEED certifications and net-zero-energy buildings have provided life support for the BIPV industry, while technology providers remain immature and costs remain prohibitively high.
  • Analysis
    High LCOE hinders BIPV’s penetration. In the most likely scenario, NZEBs and LEED-certified buildings drive BIPV to 1.2 GW by 2016, constituting 3.2% of the larger solar PV market.
  • Outlook
  • Endnotes

Lead Analyst

Aditya Ranade, Ph.D., M.B.A.
+1 (857) 284-5689


Matthew Feinstein
Jaideep Raje

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