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The AVANCIS SKALA solar panel is the architectural PV module series designed as premium component for the building industry to meet the needs in energy efficiency, design and quality of solar façades – for public, commercial as well as residential buildings. The "solar active" building material SKALA is pure design - scalable in shape and color to fulfill the highest expectations for tailor-made and aesthetic façade solutions.
Scalable in shape and color, SKALA meets the highest standards of customized, aesthetic facade solutions. Solar facades play an important role in order to make a decisive contribution to the thermal and acoustic insulation and at the same time to realize visionary energy concepts with sophisticated architectural solutions.

PowerMax® SKALA – setting new standards of façades.

SKALA solar panels are no ordinary façade cladding material. These are multifunctional building materials generating clean solar energy as a functional add-on. We can unhesitatingly say that the materials used fulfil not only the requirements of sustainable construction, but also achieves excellent environmental performance and improves the energy performance of the building.

With the requirements of zero emissions and plus energy houses, solar energy and the building industry are growing together more strongly, for commercial properties and residential buildings both new and old. Here, solar facades play an important role in making a crucial contribution to heat and sound absorption and at the same time realizing visionary energy concepts with sophisticated custom architectural solutions.

With the general building approval (allgemeine bauaufsichtliche Zulassung, abZ) from the German Institute for Building Technology (DIBt), SKALA modules are certified as a general non-regulated building material pursuant to the ETAG 002 guideline. AVANCIS is the first provider of frameless glass/glass CIS modules with a fixed back-rail, which is approved for buildings without any additional mechanical glass support system. With this approval, a time-consuming and costly case-specific building approval is no longer required.

SKALA solar panels are no ordinary façade cladding material. These are multifunctional building CIS materials generating clean solar energy as a functional add-on- even in diffuse and shading lighting conditions. We can unhesitatingly say that the materials used fulfil not only the requirements of sustainable construction, but also achieves excellent environmental performance and improves the energy performance of modern and future-oriented building.

Key element of this ongoing energy output is the special characteristic of CIGS thin-film technology and its broad spectral sensitivity. This generates electricity beyond the optimal solar radiation conditions – with shallow angles of sunlight, cloudy skies, shadowing effects and hot temperatures.

Modern facade concepts offer a wide scope for creative design of public buildings, office blocks or exclusive solutions for private residences. Each project is unique – and the façade should be the same, too. Additional to its standard edition black, SKALA is available in a full scale of different colors and sizes to allow the needed maximum freedom for each customized facade project. The unique back-rail system enables a shaped mounting of the system without any visible clamping of the front glass providing a smooth and elegant glass surface.

Contact us, as each project is unique.

AVANCIS products are designed and manufactured in Germany and engineered to resist harsh climate and weather conditions. The glass/glass SKALA solar panels are designed to resist global weather conditions and diverse wind load stresses in the building envelope with guarantee.

Aesthetics is the key in the building envelope. With the innovative CIGS thin film technology, SKALA provides a consistent surface in a uniform colour without any framing. The SKALA solar panel can be applied in a portrait or landscape mode* which provides for the maximum freedom of design and different sizes and shapes are being introduced.

* depending on national, regional and local building regulations.

As for all AVANCIS products, sustainability starts with production: Thanks to a fully vertically-integrated production, the use of materials and energy in the CIS thin-film technology is reduced to the maximum. With the use of environmentally friendly material without any toxic components, the products can be also easily recycled.

FREEDOM OF DESIGN FOR YOUR FACADES Scalable in size and color

SKALA architects panels have a standard format of 1587 mm x 664 mm as ideal ratio of length-to width. Additional to its standard size and standard color black, the architect panels can be scaled as customized panels in a range of colors and sizes. Thus, builders, architects and façade designers have the greatest possible freedom for their design planning and arrangement of the building envelope.

Choose your Color

Due to its inherent semiconductors´ cell structure, SKALA solar panels are distinguished by a uniform black panel surface with a fine pinstripe look. By using colored front glasses of our cooperation partner KROMATIX™, the surface can be varied in different colors.

Thanks to Kromatix™ patented technology, colored glass can be applied on SKALA solar panels. Colored SKALA solar panels generate nearly the same amount of energy as black SKALA panels with a small loss of efficiency.

Compared to conventional colored solar panels, the SKALA KROMATIX™ panels use the reflection of the sunlight to generate their colored appearance. The multilayered treatment of the KROMATIX™ front glass is designed to reflect a narrow spectral band of the visible light, in order to provide a color, the rest of the solar spectrum is being transmitted to the solar device and converted into energy.

All SKALA modules have the same power and performance – independently of their color.

SKALA MOUNTING: MAXIMUM FREEDOM OF DESIGN Mounting in landscape and portrait format

SKALA solar modules can be installed both, in landscape and portrait format - according to regional and local restrictions.

The architect panel SKALA is compatible with any supporting structure of standard mounting profiles and also with individual mounting profiles approved by the technical department of AVANCIS. SKALA modules especially fit for installations in ventilated façades.


Based on their back-rails as part of their structure, SKALA modules are mounted with the special AVANCIS clamp on the sub-structure. This special clamp is part of the certification of the SKALA panel and guarantees a secure attachment of the panel. This clamping method also provides a smooth glass surface with a defined distance between the panels. For more information please ask for detailed specifications.

If you need more information, please ask for detailed input.

Landscape Mounting
Portrait Mounting
Secure Mounting with AVANCIS Clamps
Backside of the Module with the unique Backrail System


Are you planning a solar façade for a private or public building project? Are you looking for high-quality, aesthetic and certified CIS modules to fulfil your design ideas? We will help you make your façade construction project a success - with our frameless PowerMax® SKALA modules.

Our offer: Individual counseling for your façade project

References for building-integrated photovoltaic systems

Here you will find a selection of our references in the field of solar facades.

Year of installation: 2011
Number of modules: 906
Rated power: 108,72 kWp
Location: Heilbad Heiligenstadt (near Kassel), Germany Owner: Leitec GmbH

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Year of installation: 2014
Location: USA




Year of installation: 2014
Location: New Zealand
Installer: Euroglass Solar 

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Year of installation: in planing
Location: Krakow, Poland
Owner: private



Year of installation: 2015
Number of modules: 97
Rated power: 12,5 kWp
Location: Munich, Germany
Project developer: Energiewendeplaner GmbH
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Year of installation: 2015
Rated power: 2 x 17,5 kWp (South-West) + 20,7 kWp (North-West)
Location: Poland, Kozienice
Installer: Soleg



Contact: Your contact for solar facades

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