In this communication, the performance evaluation has been discussed for various kinds of photovoltaic (PV) technologies which has integrated to solar air collector with drying system. Mathematical modelling has been carried out for photovoltaic thermal air collector (PVTAC) with dryer. On the basis of mathematical model, energy analysis has been carried out for different types of partially covered PV technologies (namely, c-Si, p-Si, a-Si, CdTe and CIGS) air collector. CIGS has been found to be the best PV technology for large systems in terms of minimum embodied energy and payback period. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.