Construction begins on the largest solar PV glass skylight in the U.S.

Bell Works’ skylight will feature 24 different PV glazings from Onyx Solar
Bell Works’ skylight will feature 24 different PV glazings from Onyx Solar

Real estate developer Somerset Development, headquartered in New Jersey, on February 10th, 2017 announced that construction has begun on the largest photovoltaic (PV) glass skylight in the United States at Bell Works, the complete revitalization of the two-million-square-foot former Bell Labs facility into the iconic mixed-use metroburb located in Holmdel, NJ.

Spearheaded by Onyx Solar, (Ávila, Spain), a company manufacturing transparent PV glass for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), the installation will total 3,200 skylights that will span across the quarter-mile-long atrium roof, covering 60,000 square feet.

Upon completion, the PV skylight will both naturally illuminate the complex while generate free, clean electricity from the sun.

Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Bell Works’ skylight will feature 24 different glazings from Onyx Solar to cover the various unique skylight schemes at the Eero Saarinen-designed architectural gem.

Each will be comprised of amorphous Silicon thin film photovoltaic (a-Si PV) active glass, laminated between two sheets of tempered safety glass, allowing for 20% Visual Light Transmittance (VLT) to reduce solar heat gain while producing energy, all while preserving Bell Work’s historical design.

Bell Works is also planning to provide Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in its outdoor parking lots, which will utilize the solar power produced by the newly installed photovoltaic glass.


2017-02-13 | Courtesy: Onyx Solar | © Heindl Server GmbH

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