An architectural ceramic factory in China is now the world’s largest building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) project, where 665,000 square metres of solar panels built into 11 rooftop applications will provide all the electricity the facility uses.
“The 120-megawatt plant is a milestone in BIPV history, though this market is still in its initial stage,” said James Wu, vice president of Hefei, China-based Sungrow, the manufacturer that supplied inverters for the project.
Located in China’s Jiangxi province, the BIPV is expected to eliminate 96,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, Sungrow said in a release. With the first phase commissioned in June 2022, it is the “world’s largest BIPV project to date,” the release added, describing it as “a perfect combination of a solar photovoltaic system and modern building—without taking up any additional land.”
With the global BIPV market poised to reach US$100 billion by 2031, China is expected to be a leading country for BIPV systems in the Asian-Pacific region, reports PV Tech. Sungrow is securing its place in the BIPV supply chain with other projects in the region, including a 10-gigawatt inverter manufacturing facility that the company recently opened in India.
Last May, Sungrow signed a two-gigawatt deal for inverters and battery storage products with Australia’s Solar Juice, further expanding the company’s reach, PV Tech adds.