With a total area of 22,000 km2, 40% of all roofs and 15% of all facades in the EU-27 could be used for photovoltaic applications. This means that you could install PV 1.500GW, with an annual electricity production 1.400TWh, representing 40% of total electricity demanded by the EU in 2020.

The Association of European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), in collaboration with Solar Design-Build held recently in Madrid, in the Ministry of Housing, under the framework of the Solar Decathlon, a day aimed at explaining the integration of PV in buildings, which have addressed both the latest market trends in this sector and the regulatory framework and economic force in Spain and other European countries. The day had more than 170 participants, among them architects, installers and representatives of the renewable energy industries and construction.

The integration of photovoltaic solar energy in buildings offers enormous potential for development, both the photovoltaic industry and the various sectors of the construction as well as photovoltaic systems to help improve the energy performance of the building and person electricity production, serve the same function as the traditional materials used in construction as thermal and noise insulation, protection against weather, change of light, etc.

During the day, Virgilio Navarro, Vice President and CEO of EPIA ATERSA, explained that “Spain has a unique opportunity to develop the market for building integrated photovoltaic systems, which also contribute to the achievement of the decentralized nature of the generation of Photovoltaics allow the stimulation of thousands of jobs secured, the local economy, which many would benefit from the construction industry.”

Adel El Gammal, EPIA General Secretary, explained that “it is necessary to introduce favorable conditions throughout Europe to support the widespread deployment of systems integration of photovoltaics in buildings and will have a major impact on the future development of the same in Europe. From 2012 onwards, the EU Member States have to transpose the recently adopted Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings which stipulates that by 2020 all new buildings will be energy consumption buildings near zero. Photovoltaic solar energy will be a key technology to achieve a goal so crucial and ambitious.”

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