Installation of solar panels on new buildings is mandatory now in California in the US, and "building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)" are receiving attention. The technologies are being developed actively, as shown by the Tesla Group of the US releasing "solar roof tiles."
We interviewed Yong-Xiang Cui, CEO (chief executive officer) of Helios New Energy Technology, which leads the BIPV field in the Chinese market, and Jack Chen, CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of the company, and asked about their thoughts for the future of BIPV and the company's strategies.
Solar panel installation on new buildings mandatory in California
Q: What are your thoughts on the future of BIPV?
Cui: Solar power generation technologies are most widely spread throughout the world as distributed power generation technologies, among such technologies for various renewable energies, and they are expected to spread further in the future. Installation of solar panels on buildings, in particular, is promoted by governments of all countries.
In May, the California Energy Commission (CEC) unanimously decided to make it compulsory to install solar power generation equipment on all new buildings, ahead of all other states in the US. Under the regulation, new residential buildings including single-family houses and apartment buildings in the state are required to be equipped with solar panels. The new regulation will be enacted in 2020.
Obligations to install solar power generation equipment on buildings are expected to spread to other countries. BIPV, which obtains the maximum amount of energy from building structures and minimizes the reliance on power grids, will be in the mainstream of smart buildings and may play a key role in the energy revolution. BIPV will be a leading player, integrated with large-scale centralized grid systems of the future.