About Us

BIPVco is a pioneering UK manufacturer of building integrated photovoltaic roofing solutions for the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.

Our mission is to turn buildings into power stations without making them look like one. Designed to be flexible and lightweight, our solar modules deliver excellent performance without sacrificing the aesthetics of a building.

Our Story

BIPVco was established in April 2015 following five years of collaborative research between Tata Steel LCRI (Low Carbon Research Institute) and Swansea University with support from the Welsh government.

The research program developed ways of integrating thin-film CIGS PV cells directly onto the same substrates that make roofs and walls so that true BIPV functionality would become integral to the building envelope and could be achieved without having to resort to heavy on site mounting systems.

BIPVco team on site at POBL Housing project

Our manufacturing processes were further enhanced to suit commercial production, and the products and procedures were tested and accredited before commercial launch.

Working with select partners, we designed and built many pilot PV integrated roofs between 2015 and 2017 in varying climates, including Nigeria, Canada, UAE and the UK, to demonstrate product suitability in all environments. The full commercial launch was effected in June of 2017. Take a look at our key milestones.

A British Manufacturer with a Global Vision

BIPVco is an independent company with global investors and strong alliances with multinational OEM manufacturers across the supply chain.

Based in South Wales, our plant covers 9000m2, allowing us to manufacture all our products on-site. Our highly innovative, high-output manufacturing systems have been developed to meet the demands of a range of photovoltaic roof systems whilst maintaining the efficiency of manufacture and product quality at every stage of the process.

Our team has significant experience in sustainability, PV manufacture, building design, and construction, providing unrivalled support to architects, specifiers and supply chain partners at every project stage.

BIPVco is ISO 9001:2015 accredited for designing, developing, and manufacturing thin film building integrated photovoltaic systems and has completed the MCS (Micro Generation Certification Scheme) accreditation audit for BIPVco’s factory.

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Our project showcase pages feature residential and commercial projects incorporating our building integrated solar technology: