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The rise of building-integrated photovoltaics: policy construction begins

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By Emma Hughes, News & Features Editor, Photovoltaics International

Building-integrated photovoltaics or BIPV is one form of solar electricity that looks set to dominate the solar market in the coming years. The increase in BIPV installations is already evident in some European countries as governments begin to tweak their policies in order to provide a platform for this technology. The past few months have seen countries such as France and Italy make efforts to up the installation rate of this integrated form of solar, increasing the feed-in tariff (FiT) rate quite substantially for BIPV and lowering it for the more common installations such as roof and ground-mounted systems in order to increase the uptake. This BIPV-dedicated section will focus on the new policies implemented in France and Italy, concentrating on France’s policies as a blueprint for others. It will provide a focus on why governments are so keen to increase incentives in favour of BIPV and what the future implications of this market shift will be.

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The sixth edition of Photovoltaics International was published in November 2009 and includes a special BIPV focus. In addition, the Thin Film section offers a comparison of different ceramic Al-doped ZnO target materials by Fraunhofer IST, and Q-Cells unveils its production technology roadmap for boosting cell efficiences in Cell Processing.

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