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The development and the prospects of BIPV systems in Italy

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By Federico Brucciani, Communication Officer, Gruppo Imprese Fotovoltaiche Italiane (GIFI)

The current feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme in Italy has so far resulted in a total installed PV capacity just above 600MWp. The majority of those installations (77%) are building-adapted (BAPV) or building-integrated (BIPV) thanks to the higher incentives provided compared to non-integrated ground-mounted plants. Moreover, there are special premiums on top of the basic FiT, such as when asbestos roofings are replaced with PV modules. On the one hand, this makes the Italian PV market very attractive for those players specialized in roof applications, while on the other, it represents an opportunity and a strong motivation for both the installers and the manufacturers to explore innovative and standardized BIPV solutions and materials. Will this trend continue in the years to come?

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