Solar, Utility Integration

Metal Roof PV System Installed

Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) has installed the world’s largest photovoltaic (PV) system integrated in a metal roof. The UNI-SOLAR(R) PV laminates cover the roof on one of the main sections of the UBISA factory owned by N.V. Bekaert S.A. in Burgos, Spain. With an installed capacity of 76 kWp, it is the largest metal PV roof in the world, according to the company.

NEW YORK, New York – May 6, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The system, a vertical seam metal roof in which flexible, self-adhesive UNI-SOLAR(R) PV laminates are attached to the roof elements by adhesion, was supplied by Bekaert ECD Solar Systems Europe, a joint venture between Bekaert ECD Solar Systems LLC and United Solar Systems Corp. (United Solar), a joint venture between ECD and Bekaert. “We are pleased that this installation will showcase the uniqueness and versatility of our building-integrated photovoltaic products,” said Stanford R. Ovshinsky, United Solar’s CEO and Chairman and ECD’s President and CEO. “It is one more step toward our goal of turning all roofs into electrical power generators.” In its efforts to create a clean environment and to comply with the Kyoto agreements, Spain is a vigorous promoter of Renewable Energy. Among other things, an attractive remuneration is provided for PV power supplied to the public electricity grid (€0.22 per kWh for large systems and €0.40 per kWh for power from systems smaller than 5kWp). The PV roof is also partly financed by the “Ente Regional de la Energia de Castilla y Leon (EREN),” which is a very good illustration of the joint commitment to sustainable development on the part of the government and industry.