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New project will explore cost divide between #solar soft costs in the U.S. vs. Germany #cleantech

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have launched a partnership in order to explore the cost divide between the prices of residential solar PV systems in Germany vs. the U.S. Balance-of-system costs (i.e., soft costs) now account for more than 60% of the price of U.S. rooftop PV systems, while such costs are 75% lower in Germany, according to RMI and GTRI. In most areas of the U.S., solar PV remains an expensive energy option, even though module costs have decreased significantly. For the initiative, dubbed "the Simple BoS project," RMI and GTRI will partner with solar installers across the two countries to explore specific components of the cost divide between solar installation processes in the U.S. and Germany. Using survey data and time-and-motion studies, the project will measure the status quo in both countries, analyze key diffe...

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