Building-Integrated Photovoltaics: Distributed Energy Development for Urban Sustainability

  title={Building-Integrated Photovoltaics: Distributed Energy Development for Urban Sustainability},
  author={Owen Temby and Konstantinos Kapsis and Harris Berton and Daniel Rosenbloom and G. Edward Gibson and Andreas K. Athienitis and James Meadowcroft},
  journal={Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development},
  pages={17 - 4}
Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) is emerging as a promising alternative in the suite of measures needed for the long-term transition of urban areas to sustainable and resilient places to live. Aesthetically pleasing, carbon neutral, and potentially transformative in how electricity grids operate in urban areas, BIPV has much to offer our cities. But why now, and what are the social and technological constraints on its use? 

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