Building-Integrated PV Installations Exceed Targets in Shandong
Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) systems are at the heart of an energy efficiency drive in China’s Shandong province that is aiming to convert 19.5 million square metres of existing residential space, and is already tracking ahead of targets set by the national government in Beijing.
So far, “the province completed 775 BIPV projects representing 27.6 million square metres, meeting 153% of the planned target,” Renewable Energy World reports. “As for public buildings, the province successfully converted buildings with a gross floor area of 2.6 million square metres, 30% ahead of the planned target. Conversion of buildings representing 362,700 square metres is now under way.”
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Shandong also added 26 green building-labelled projects, the Chinese equivalent of LEED certification, last November.
“The province aims to outfit all buildings with 12 storeys or less with BIPV and solar hot water systems, with intentions to tackle buildings with more than 12 storeys at a later date,” Yuanyuan writes. “Buildings that house or are owned by government departments will take first priority.”