Building-Integrated Solar Photovoltaics South Saint Paul MN

Local resource for building integrated solar photovoltaics in South Saint Paul, MN. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to photovoltaic materials, conventional building materials, building envelope, and solar energy as well as advice and content on electrical power and BIPV modules.

Summit Design-Build, LLC
(651) 431-8890
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Chippewa Valley Technical College
(715) 425-3309
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Eagle Shores Custom Homes
(612) 701-9003
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Kiser Construction, Inc.
(763) 315-0617
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Affordable, Site-Built Homes, Owner/Builder

Anchor Builders, LLC
(651) 769-9373
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Better Living Homes
(651) 255-9000
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Grays Bay Builders, Inc.
(952) 484-4480
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Arvola Homes, Inc.
(320) 274-7002
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Smart Homes of Minnesota, LLC
(763) 444-9590
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Mann Valley Contracting
(651) 248-9299
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Building Integrated Solar Photovoltaics (BIPV)

Building integrated solar photovoltaics refers to a broad group of solar energy materials used directly in the construction of buildings. Around the world, there are buildings that use solar photovoltaics in roofing, shading (e.g. awnings) and other building materials.

One of the most impressive examples of this is the building at 4 Times Square, New York City. This office tower on the busiest square in the world's busiest city integrates solar photovoltaic materials right into the structure of the skyscraper. It's highly revered in the world of solar architecture and fits right in with world class developments around it.

For consumers, there are a number of ways to integrate solar energy systems right into the building materials of your home.

Solar electric roofing tiles

Solar electric roofing tiles (or shingles) are solar cells that look very much like regular slate shingles. In 2005, Kyocera debuted MyGen Meridian building integrated solar photovoltaics, part of a growing number of products available for consumers. These inter-locking tiles look great, save energy and reduce greenhouse gases.

Solar awnings

This home in California uses a solar awning. The PV array has a double function-- collecting energy from the sun while at the same time providing shading for the patio.

Retrofitting

Retrofitting may be a more costly aspect of building integrated solar photovoltaics, but with increases in state financing incentives and growing interest am...

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