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The technology or activity of employing solar radiation as a direct energy source for electrical power.
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building-integrated photovoltaics; BIPV
A term for the design and integration of photovoltaic (PV) technology into the building envelope, typically replacing conventional building materials.
This integration may be in vertical facades, replacing view glass, spandrel glass, or other facade material; into semitransparent skylight systems; into roofing systems, replacing traditional roofing materials; into shading "eyebrows" over windows; or other building envelope systems.
flat-plate photovoltaics, flat plate photovoltics, flatplate photovoltaics; PV
A PV array or module that consists of nonconcentrating elements.
Flat-plate arrays and modules use direct and diffuse sunlight, but if the array is fixed in position, some portion of the direct sunlight is lost because of oblique sun-angles in relation to the array.