About Solar & BIPV


“If only there was some kind of an infinite power source that was free to use all day every day.”

Elon Musk

Solar power and the BIPV movement

Solar power is one of the cleanest and most efficient means of generating renewable energy and undoubtedly the future of global electricity production. Every hour enough solar energy from the sun hits the Earth’s surface to satisfy the global energy needs for an entire year, on average this equates to 1,400W per square metre.

Typically, glass solar panel technology has widely been used to capture this energy and convert it into useable electricity that can then be used to power the home.

In recent years however, there has been a distinct and growing movement away from conventional retrofitted solar panel systems towards integrated solutions that are far more architecturally compatible. These solutions are known as BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) and Solarmass is proud to be at the forefront of this exciting renewable technology movement.

Ergosun epitomises BIPV principles

It is now widely recognised that building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) represents the natural step in the progression of sustainable building philosophy, and that in most cases, roof surfaces provide the best solar exposure opportunity due to their advantageous irradiation harnessing capacity. It is therefore essential to consider the buildings integration potential at the earliest stages of design conception.

The existing process of constructing buildings and then adding on obtrusive, unattractive renewable energy systems that are at odds with the architecture is neither a good use of material resources nor does it achieve the best aesthetic, functional or cost effective outcomes.
The concept of integrating photovoltaic elements into the building fabric is one of the most promising and elegant ways of producing on-site solar based electricity and contributes significantly to achieving truly sustainable building design, improving BREEAM and LEED performance and satisfying stricter planning and building regulations.

Conventional revenue static materials are strategically replaced, creating a symbiotic relationship between the architectural design, structure and multi-functional properties of the building materials with the added benefit of generating clean renewable energy.

These advantages make BIPV one of the fastest growing segments of the photovoltaic industry with market experts estimating that the demand for BIPV will increase at more than 50% annually over the next few years.

Across North America, Africa and Europe in particular, the BIPV market is rapidly gaining popularity and becoming a high growth sector. Solarmass intends to remain at the forefront by being one of the most reliable, attractive and affordable options within this market and providing customers with a truly aesthetic, fully integrated solar system that compliments the design of the home.

Getting the most out of your Ergosun solar roof tile system

As a highly efficient and reliable source of clean energy, the Ergosun solar roof tile system is an ideal solution to compliment various energy efficient appliances, renewable technology systems as well as more conventional household features, and provide the power needed to operate them.

In a typical household, more than half the money spent on energy bills goes towards regulating temperature, either providing heating and hot water or air conditioning. As energy costs rise, having an efficient and cost effective heating or cooling system is an essential asset, and it’s also one of the main steps you can take to reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.

By combining technologies and ensuring that the building envelope itself is as highly insulated as possible, the environmental credentials of the property will be enhanced and the overall running costs reduced.

IR Heating Panels

IR Heating Panels

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating

LED Lighting

LED Lighting

Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps

Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps

Air conditioning units

Air conditioning units

Battery Storage

Battery Storage

Planning for future energy requirements


The design stage of any project is the perfect time to factor in any anticipated increases in the likely energy consumption of the property and incorporate a solar system that is sufficient to meet those future energy demands. Two of the most common reasons for this energy planning approach are:

Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles

Due to significant improvements in design, performance, incentives and the overall awareness of the impact vehicle emissions have on the environment, electric powered cars are becoming increasingly popular among consumers and car manufacturers worldwide.

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance study forecasts that global sales of electric vehicles will hit 41 million by 2040, representing 35% of all new light duty vehicle sales. This would be almost 90 times the equivalent figure for 2015, when EV sales are estimated to have been 462,000, some 60% up on 2014. In the UK alone 10,496 plug-in cars were purchased during the first three months of 2016, with 115 electric cars registered every day during that first quarter. In total, there are now over 65,000 on UK roads, with one plug-in car being sold every 13 minutes.

With this in mind, by anticipating any potential additions which may affect future energy requirements at t“he design stage, and therefore incorporating a solar system that exceeds current household energy needs, such an electric vehicle could be charged by utilising the surplus electricity produced.
Growing family

Growing family

The relative energy requirements of a household are often affected by the number of individuals living there, the larger the family usually means higher energy demands on the property. With an increasing global population and changes in social trends, there has been a distinct upward movement in average household occupancy levels, something which forecasts suggest are only set to continue.

When assessing the likely energy requirements of the property it is therefore important to consider the prospect of any changes to the household that may affect overall electricity consumption. Installing a sufficiently adequate solar system is one of the best ways to ensure that these demands can be met in the most efficient and cost effective manner.