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Blog Title: What is the difference between solar panels versus building integrated photovoltaic products?

Main Que: What is the difference between solar panels versus building integrated photovoltaic products?

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  • Query By: Jim T. (Plano, TX)
  • Date: 08/07/2016

Answer: Solar panels are flat panels that have an array of PV cells in them. They are laid on terraces and roofs. Building integrated with photovoltaic products (BIPV) are PV arrays that are integrated into the building material itself. These are used in areas which are exposed to the sun, such as windows, roof tiles, or exteriors walls. In retrofit projects, solar panels work well. But for newer constructions or major renovations, BIPV are more suited.

  • Replied By: Andy Scott (Sacramento, CA)
  • Replied Date: 08/12/2016