Van der Valk Solar Systems and BirdBlocker have teamed to bring the ‘BirdBlocker’ device to the UK and Ireland. Birds can build nests under rooftop PV panels, which can result in sound pollution or damage to the panels and PV system. The BirdBlocker system is designed to be installed easily with new panels or retrofit.
BIPV has remained a niche market in Europe for more than 10 years. According to trade group SolarPower Europe, over 200 BIPV products are available in Europe and future growth could be pegged to further legislation in the EU, such as the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology reported its lowest quarterly revenue and a meagre EBITDA of €0.6 million as its main inverter business units made losses in the first quarter of 2019.