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Holistic Evaluation of the Economic Competitiveness of BIPV Solutions in Europe
P. Macé, E. Bosch
BIPV, Cost, LCOE, NPV, Competitiveness
Finance, Markets and Policies
Subtopic: Costs, Economics, Finance and Markets
Event: 37th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 7EO.3.6
2057 - 2062
ISBN: 3-936338-73-6
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20202020-7EO.3.6
0,00 EUR
Document(s): paper, presentation


BIPV is a complex product due to its double functionality, i.e. as building element and electricity generator). Therefore, its competitiveness assessment needs to be conducted at different levels. From a component cost competitiveness perspective, BIPV products can hardly compete against conventional building components except for the most competitive BIPV products, when compared to the most expensive competing conventional building solutions. Finally, a holistic evaluation of the economic competitiveness of BIPV solutions can be conducted. In this assessment, straightforward revenues linked to the production, sales and self-consumption of electricity are considered and an innovative “extra cost” approach is taken, allowing to account for the avoided expenses for a conventional building solution. Under this approach, the total revenues of ownership of the BIPV system do not cover the costs, for most reference cases, countries and business models studied. If residential BIPV roof systems appear as an attractive investment in many locations and cases, the competitiveness threshold remains out of reach for most façade systems, due to higher end-user costs and lower yields, except for a few countries that stand out thanks to particularly generous support schemes or irradiation such as Belgium, Italy or Spain.