The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Building Technologies Office (BTO) have jointly issued a request for information (RFI) to gather input on technical and commercial challenges and opportunities for building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems.
While roof-mounted solar systems on buildings are more common, BIPV systems offer other ways to site solar technologies on buildings, like directly integrating solar modules into the roof or the building’s facade. Integrating solar generation directly into building components could improve material and supply chain efficiencies and reduce system costs.
“There is so much untapped potential to make solar energy more ubiquitous in our communities, and create high-performing, energy-efficient buildings,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “Innovative strategies that use building-integrated photovoltaics can improve solar integration, enable new designs and uses, and support our decarbonization goals.”