In a move that could see Solyndra expand market opportunities outside commercial rooftops, the copper-indium-gallium-(di)selenide (CIGS) thin-film firm has developed a building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) greenhouse system that is being tested by Centro Regionale di Sperimentazione e Assistenza Agricola (CeRSAA) to validate Solyndra’s agricultural credentials. The project covers an area of 400 square meters at the CeRSAA research center in Albenga, Italy. Solyndra designed and built the BIPV system, while Solar ReFeel has coordinated the research among the involved parties. Installation support and electrical contracting was provided by Enerqos Group.
The project is designed to last for 24 months to validate the crop-growth benefits of Solyndra’s technology. The study will measure and evaluate the production of several crops common in the Mediterranean region when grown under the greenhouse structures with the integrated solar system.