In the use of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), photovoltaic material in the form of photoelectric panels becomes an integral part of the building: the walls, roof, and, through the use of XsunX Power Glass™ technology, the building’s glass facades and windows. Sunlight striking these photovoltaic components creates electricity. This electricity flows into power channeling and conversion equipment into a building's electrical distribution system, sending electricity to the building's electrical loads. In this application, the skin of the building produces electricity for the building. In virtually all of today’s BIPV installations, this influx of solar-produced electricity occurs in conjunction with traditional electricity supplied by local energy companies and municipalities.
With the advanced use of BIPV technologies the generation of increasing amounts of power on-site from renewable sources will create distributed power systems less dependant on local power company and grid supplied energy.