29 May '12, 9pm

Report: Tariffs' Impact on Solar Project Costs Will Be Small via @reworld

The 10-12 percent increase will come from the use of Taiwanese solar cells, which appear to have become the sought-after commodity since the U.S. Department of Commerce announced on May 17 a set of preliminary tariffs on silicon solar cells made in China. With a 10 percent jump in solar panel pricing, the cost of installing a ground-mounted system to a developer will not go up nearly as much, however, because the system cost includes other factors, such as labor, permitting, marketing and sales and even customer acquisition. Some critics of the tariffs have warned about a big jump in project costs for developers, installers and consumers. IHS estimated that a developer could end up selling a ground-mounted system at higher prices to investors, from $2.56 per watt to $2.65 per watt, or about 3.5 percent, if the solar panel price goes up by 10 percent, said Mike Sheppard, an...

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