The U.S. Department of Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Building Technologies Office (BTO) have jointly issued a request for information (RFI) to gather input on technical and commercial challenges and opportunities for building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems. SETO and BTO are seeking feedback from industry, research laboratories, academia, government agencies and other stakeholders related to BIPV technologies and markets.

The deadline to submit responses to this RFI is April 1, at 5 p.m. EST.

While roof-mounted solar systems on buildings are more common, BIPV systems offer other ways to site solar technologies on buildings, such as directly integrating solar modules into the roof or the building’s facade. Integrating solar generation directly into building components could improve material and supply chain efficiencies and reduce system costs, according to the announcement.

“There is so much untapped potential to make solar energy more ubiquitous in our communities and create high-performing, energy-efficient buildings,” says Kelly Speakes-Backman, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “Innovative strategies that use building-integrated photovoltaics can improve solar integration, enable new designs and uses, and support our decarbonization goals.”

BIPV products have been available for over a decade, but adoption has been slower than predicted, according to a press release. The RFI aims to identify and quantify barriers to BIPV deployment and inform future strategy and program development in this area.

Download the RFI to see the full list of questions and instructions on how to submit responses.