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Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope such as the roof, skylights, or façades.
The advantage of integrated photovoltaics over more common non-integrated systems is that the initial cost can be offset by reducing the amount spent on building materials and labour that would normally be used to construct the part of the building that the BIPV modules replace.
The term building applied photovoltaics (BAPV) is sometimes used to refer to photovoltaics that is a retrofit – integrated into the building after construction is complete.
Most building-integrated installations are BAPV. Some manufacturers and builders differentiate the new construction BIPV from BAPV.
Photovoltaics applications for buildings began appearing in the 1970s. Aluminium-framed photovoltaic modules were connected to or mounted on, buildings that were usually in remote areas without access to an electric power grid.
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