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  • Seoul Supports Distribution of Building-Integrated Photovoltaic System

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    Seoul will be supporting the distribution of the building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system that can be installed on buildings’ exteriors, such as outer walls, windows and doors, and curtain walls, where the establishment of photovoltaic systems was once unavailable.

    Seoul announced it will launch a pilot project to provide subsidies for up to 80% of installation costs when a private building installs the BIPV system. The city will invest a total of KRW 1 billion in the project.

    Specifically, this pilot project aims to make the BIPV system into one of the major photovoltaic projects of Seoul by diversifying the areas of recruitment to include new technology, design, and general types and by studying and analyzing ways to improve the architectural design.

    “Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)” is the next-generation photovoltaic cell that is used as a material for a building’s exterior. Compared to the existing photovoltaic modules that were limited to establishment on rooftops, BIPV can be installed in a variety of spaces, including on doors and windows, exterior walls, and roofs. It enables not only the generation of eco-friendly, renewable energy, but also the improvement of the urban appearance.

    As it involves the cutting-edge industry that converges photovoltaic technologies and architectural techniques, even advanced countries like Germany and the United States are just starting to commercialize this service. Seoul has plans to actively promote the distribution of the BIPV system for private buildings, playing the role of the priming water for developing the related industries and leading the global market.

    Seoul will be recruiting the participants for its pilot project from February 26 (Wed.) to March 20 (Fri.). Eligible applicants are owners or soon-to-be owners of a private building. One should fill out and submit the application form with the name of an eligible participating company.

    Seoul will have the eligibility of participating companies carefully screened through a fair external examination, as the BIPV system requires sophisticated technology for its establishment on the exterior of buildings. The city’s goal is to select participants for the project by the end of March, and start the project in April to complete installation within the year. Distribution will be expanded following the results of the effect analysis in the coming years.

    Each area of support will be given different priorities: ① new technology type, ② design type, and ③ general type. The differentiated subsidies will be paid according to the corresponding standards.

    Additionally, Seoul will be operating a council made up of experts in architecture and solar cells in order to vitalize the distribution of the Seoul-type BIPV system.

    More information regarding the pilot project and the recruitment of participants can be found on the posting board on the website of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (https://www.seoul.go.kr).