Thin-film manufacturer Hanergy has completed the first phase of a BIPV install at its headquarters in Beijing, covering the building’s exterior almost entirely with 600kW of thin-film PV.
By integrating its own technology onto the walls of its main offices, Hanergy now meets 20% of the building’s electricity demand, but by the end of the project, the BIPV technology will provide 100% of the building’s energy needs.
The second phase of the project will incorporate thin-film solar technology into curtain-walls, skywalks, flexible roof installations, a carport, and have a 3MW total installed capacity, all the while maintaining the building’s original architecture. The completed project will not only save the company from the cost of an electricity bill, but it will earn RMB0.42/kWh (US$0.069/kWh) in distributed power subsidies.
According to Hanergy Thin Film Power Group’s deputy chairman, Liu Min, Hanergy will introduce to the public all the economic, environmental, and social advantages of green construction and BIPV installation.