Historically, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) has been relegated to a nichemarket because solar modules and panels have simply cost too much andhave been too difficult to install on residential and commercial roofsas well as building walls, windows and other parts of the buildingstructure.
Additionally, production of BIPV products withappealing aesthetics has been limited. Starting in 2010, however, BIPVmarket dynamics will change and worldwide demand for solar panels,shingles and modules will surge to almost 2.4 GW by 2016.
Adoption of BIPV and building-applied photovoltaics (BAPV) is being driven byseveral key market developments including a rapidly falling installedcost per watt; greater ease of installation on rooftops primarily bymeans of new, high-efficiency CIGS-technology panels and shingles;improved aesthetics of BIPV/BAPV materials with the introduction ofsolar tiles and shingles that blend into rooftops; newly institutedgenerous feed-in tariffs in several countries; efficiency improvementsin both c-Si modules and flexible thin film panels and shingles; anenhanced supply chain for BIPV/BAPV solar products; and an increasingdesire to "go green" by owners of residences and commercial buildings.
This Pike Research report examines the expanding global markets for BIPV and BAPV including a comprehensive analysis of demand drivers andeconomics, technology issues, and key industry players. The reportincludes base case and upside scenario forecasts for BIPV/BAPV installed capacity by world region and technology, along with forecasts ofwholesale market revenues through 2016.