France supports BIPV solar tiles with additional incentives – PV Magazine International

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Barbara Pompili, the French Minister for Ecological Transition, recently announced new incentives for BIPV projects during a visit to a Sunstyle factory which aims to produce 1 GW of “Made in France” solar tiles by 2025.

By pv magazine FranceBarbara Pompili, the French Minister for Ecological Transition, recently announced new incentives for BIPV projects during a visit to a Sunstyle factory which plans to manufacture 1 GW of “Made in France” solar tiles by 2025.

During the opening ceremony of the manufacturing plant, Pompili said the government plans to award an additional incentive – a special bonus paid on top of the feed-in tariffs – for the building-integrated photovoltaic sector (BIPV ).

“Solar energy on buildings benefits from a feed-in tariff which is revised quarterly,” she said. “To support the sector, we have decided to significantly limit the price drop this quarter. But the development of solar roofs is also a question of aesthetics. This is why I am proud to announce that we will give the BIPV sector a boost with the granting of a bonus for those who choose these technologies in 2020 and 2021. ”

Eric Scotto, president of Sunstyle International, said the company will increase the plant’s output to 1 GW of solar tiles by 2025.

“I am convinced of the relevance of BIPV for the energy transition,” said Scotto. “We hope to contribute more quickly to achieving our climate objectives across the country, as well as to the creation of new jobs that cannot be relocated.

Sunstyle tiles combine two functions in one product: waterproof roofing and energy production. They are small enough (870mm x 870mm) to allow for quick and easy installation. Black tiles provide 115W of power, while colored variants provide 85W.

The German TÜV Rheinland certified the technology. It has also been approved by the Center Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB), in accordance with French and international specifications for buildings and building components.

Sunstyle has partnered with Banque des Territoires to offer public and private stakeholders a third-party financing mechanism to build or renovate their roofs.

“A third-party financing solution will accelerate the deployment of these tools,” said Emmanuel Legrand, director of the energy unit at Banque des Territoires, which provides financial support for the projects.

The Compagnie Française des Expositions (Cofrex) recently selected the tiles for the roofs and facades of the French Pavilion at the next Dubai World Expo, which will take place from October 1, 2021 to March 2022.

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