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An evaluation of Sri Lanka’s solar market

Sri Lanka is arguably one of the fastest developing economies in the South Asian region. This is surprising for most people because the nation recently came out of a civil war spanning three decades.  Do these excellent fortunes extend to the country’s solar market?

At the end of 2019, Sri Lanka’s solar capacity stood at 215 Megawatts, 10% of the country’s collective renewable capacity. The nation’s solar energy capacity is expected to hit 1.5 Gigawatts by 2025. This foreseen increase in the nation’s solar aptitude is primarily attributed to the Renewable Energy development plan of 2019 -2025.

So far, the Ceylon Electricity Board, the plan’s implementation body, has awarded tenders for 300 and 500 Megawatts. According to recent studies, these projects will go a long way in quelling approximately 2 Gigawatts of solar energy demand expected in the foreseeable future. If the government of Sri Lanka maintains its support for renewables, solar installers and professionals can expect vast opportunities in the future.

Sri Lanka’s solar market equipment supply capacity

You can expect to find various solar equipment categories, including solar panels and charge controllers in Sri Lanka. Still, if you can’t find what you need locally because the Solarfeeds family is here for you. You can get competitive quotes by sending a request through our website’s inquiry page. Also, you don’t need to worry about how you will receive your equipment.  Sri Lanka boasts of several ports and a healthy logistical network to deliver any solar equipment.   

BIPV

What is a Building Integrated Photovoltaic or a BIPV?

Building Integrated Photovoltaics serves more than one purpose. BIPVs produce electricity by the piezoelectric effect and serve as protection for any structure. 

BIPVs are installed to provide shed, block sunlight, and give a modern look to any building, all this while producing electricity from sunlight.

Where is a BIPV used?

A BIPV is integrated into a structure like conventional buildings. BIPVs replace glass windows with Solar windows, parking shed rooftops with solar roofs and solar shades in place of translucent covers. All these changes make the look of any structure modern while being extremely useful.

Types of Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Solar panels are silicon-based photovoltaic cells that produce electricity from sunlight. With micro adjustments according to the application, these cells transform into BIPVs. Based on various applications, there are broadly four types of BIPVs.

 

Four types of BIPV products

Image credit: Research Gate

  • Solar-Facades: Solar Facades’ integration in building structures keeps the noise and air pollution out and gives any building a visual identity. This all while producing green energy.
  • Solar-Window: Solar windows find their application both in residential and commercial properties. These windows look like any other windows but with solar modules.
  • Solar-Roofs: Solar roofs like that of Tesla Energy in the USA are becoming popular. In conventional rooftops, these solar tiles replace asphalt tiles. Every tile acts as an individual cell and connects in series to generate electricity.
  • PV-Sunshades: Parking lot sheds are the best example of PV-Sunshades. Additionally, these shades protect buildings from direct sunlight.

How does a BIPV work?

BIPVs use opaque or transparent solar cells connected in series to each other to give a substantial amount of current output. These photovoltaics are located in the portion of the building exposed to the sun the most.

What are big manufacturing brands of BIPVs?

Tesla Energy is one major brand in the USA backed by Elon Musk. They manufacture solar cell tiles for residential rooftops. Customers get a variety of tiles according to the required strength and size.

Some other contributors in this niche are:

  • D2solar
  • Mysolar USA  
  • Omnis Power USA Inc  
  • Redwood Renewables
  • Skyco Skylights
  • Solaria
  • Sonali Solar USA