Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. has signed an agreement with Hanau Energies SAS to supply a 4.5 MW building-integrated PV (BIPV) system to a farm located in Alsace, France.
The project will be one of the largest BIPV installations ever built and will employ Suntech's Just Roof modules to form complete weatherproof roofs on five agricultural warehouses. The installation is anticipated to be completed by January 2009, with an additional 1 MW already being planned.
The Just Roof system was released in 1994 and has been installed on more than 4,000 homes and commercial buildings worldwide. It features interlocking panels mounted on specially designed rails to give a highly aesthetic, weatherproof building skin that can be installed quickly and easily, the company says.