A photovoltaic skylight generates clean and free energy at the same time that it provides bioclimatic properties of thermal comfort. It has an optimized solar filter, which absorbs almost all of the ultraviolet and infrared rays, which are harmful to the occupants of the building. The air chamber of the insulating glass guarantees a better thermal performance inside the building.
The advantages mentioned above help to reduce considerably the CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint of buildings.
Photovoltaic skylights not only generate free electricity, but also provide natural light, as well as UV and IR filter.
THE MOST POPULAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLUTION
PV skylights are a great solution for both new construction and renovation projects. Novartis Pharmaceutical’s HQ, the American Airlines Arena in Florida, and Bell Works in NJ are some of the projects that chose to integrate a PV skylight manufactured by Onyx Solar.
AVERAGE PAYBACK OF 2 YEARS AND 65% IRR
From a financial point of view, while solar farms rarely exceed a 10% I.R.R., photovoltaic skylights achieve I.R.R. up to 65%. In addition, they offer an average payback time of 2 years, and decrease the energy consumption of the building by 40%. Considering all these, a PV skylight can generate power at only 0.017 US$/ kWh.