Building Integrated Photovoltaic System: The Thoreau Center for Sustainability

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    Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) power systems perform multiple functions in buildings. These systems produce electricity and serve as part of the building envelope. A wide variety of BIPV systems are available in the marketplace today. For example, there are BIPV facade systems including: curtain wall products, spandrel panels and glazings. And there are BIPV roofing systems including:tiles, shingles, standing seam products and skylights. Activities of the US Department of Energy (US DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) are directed at providing technical assistance and alternative financing assistance to Federal agencies, so that agencies can meet the energy efficiency and renewable energy goals set by Executive Order 12902. FEMP works directly with personnel inFederal agencies, in order to incorporate energy efficient and renewable energy technologies in Federal facilities. FEMP also assists in developing the mechanisms to finance these projects through energy service performance contracts (ESPCs), utility incentive programs and other innovative funding sttategies. The BIPV system at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability is an example of where thevarious services provided by FEMP were brought together for one project.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages4
    StatePublished - 1997
    Event1997 American Solar Energy Society Annual Conference - Washington, D.C.
    Duration: 25 Apr 199730 Apr 1997


    Conference1997 American Solar Energy Society Annual Conference
    CityWashington, D.C.

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-23319


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