BlueScope Steel Receives Federal Solar Grant
Jul. 12, 2012
Australia's BlueScope Steel has won AUD$2.3 million in Federal Emerging Renewables Program funding to develop a prototype building-integrated solar PV system.
The technology in development provides for the simultaneous installation of steel roofing and international second-generation thin-film solar panels on new residential and commercial buildings.
At the announcement of the funding for the AUD$5 million technology, Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson said “Today’s AUD$2.3 million grant, issued under the $126 million Emerging Renewables Program, will allow the mass deployment of this technology across residential, commercial and industrial rooftops in Australia.
“The prototype will be easily scaled up to the operational stage, ensuring future building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems can be cost-effective without government subsidies, and it will help make Australia a world leader in BIPV development, particularly for thermal roofing featuring flexible thin-film technology.”