Lecture: BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) - the possibilities in our market

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) is not a new solar energy concept but has received limited attention in the South African renewable energy market so far. The focus in the rollout of utility scale, more “lucrative”, government-funded rebid programme has resulted in the prominence of ground-mounted solar panels for large solar farms at the expense of relatively small applications such as BIPV.

The presentation will explain the BIPV concept against BAPV (Building Applied Photovoltaics) and will discuss factors such as pricing, standards and efficiency that will affect the rate at which the application will grow in South Africa. The discussion will include advances in solar PV technologies that have impacted the growth of BIPV system installations in other markets where this concept has gained momentum. On the more practical side, the discussion will feature design elements in the more commonly installed BIPV systems, including installation of windows, curtain walls, shingles and roof tiles.

The presentation will also explore implications for matters relevant to the South African market such as local content and skills development and will propose an industry way forward for discussion.

Key Speakers

Presented by Tumi Mphahlele, Managing Director: Matajiri Projects & Board Member of SAPVIA

Tumi Mphahlele is Managing Director of Matajiri Projects and her main focus is on developing renewable energy projects (mainly solar PV) as well as overseeing all the company’s fulfilment, including the establishment of key partnerships, associations and suppliers in renewable energy.

She is running a number of projects including the development of a solar farm at Sephai village, North of Brits town and she serves as a Board Member of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA).

Tumi is a seasoned executive highly experienced in the execution of complex projects and programmes and has served as interim executive in IT and Corporate Strategy in large organisations. She has solid management consulting experience at a global consulting firm (Accenture) and at a small firm where she serves as key associate. Some of the companies she has previously consulted at include Eskom and BHP Billiton.

Tumi is also currently an Independent Non-executive Director on two boards and is member of the audit committees. As a member on both boards, she helps oversee large capital projects of a complex nature undertaken by the companies.

Tumi has the following qualifications: B.Sc (UCT) , PG Dip Marketing (Unisa), Dip Datametrics (Unisa), MBA (GIBS).