Designer and installer of PV plants, Enerqos has commissioned a solar installation at the Viterbo BMW dealership, near Rome, Italy. The BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaic) installation, which covers the entire roof canopy of the showroom, has already started to produce electricity with a maximum output power of 121 kW.

The solar panels have been installed to cover the entire surface of the roof canopy (1200 m2) in order to maximize energy production. Perfectly adapted to the shape and form of the roof, these photovoltaic glass-glass modules create excellent luminosity and ensure an aesthetically pleasing finish, says Enerqos.

An integrated operating system enables the timely detection of operational anomalies, and performance can be monitored in real-time on a PC located within the building. This advanced service management system was implemented in order to guarantee efficiency, production and facilitate the intervention of technical teams should any problems arise.

‘Our contract with this BMW dealership is the first of a long series,’ says Giorgio Pucci, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Enerqos. ‘Roof-mounted solutions are one aspect of the photovoltaic industry that boast strong potential and will undoubtedly experience rapid growth throughout Europe in the years to come.’

The integrated installation will benefit from preferential ‘Conto energia’ (the fund which provides subsidies to promote clean energy in Italy) buy-back tariffs approved by the Italian Government in 2007. This fixed tariff is valid for 20 years and offers one of the highest rates in Europe.