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Solar Skins: An opportunity for greener cities

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Solar photovoltaic (solar PV) electricity has recently become the lowest cost source of electricity in most parts of the world. Solar PV supports a socially just and acceptable energy transition and integrated applications, as well as new business opportunities.


This report is focusing on one of these new business opportunities. It aims at describing the added value of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) for a successful energy transition in European cities, as well as the related opportunities for EU businesses.


It describes the regulatory and market framework needed for sustainable business models for BIPV that are adapted to city planning constraints and specificities.



By gathering the expertise of researchers, representatives of the BIPV industry, architects and city planners, the report identifies the main barriers preventing the uptake of BIPV in European cities and offers a set of illustrative case studies, as well as a “best practices checklist”, that the European Commission, city leaders, politicians and any stakeholder in the BIPV value chain can use to facilitate the development of BIPV in Europe.


You can access the complete report here.