05 Dec '17, 11am

The Trade Case Just Put $1 per Watt Solar Pricing Back Out of Reach

The Trade Case Just Put $1 per Watt Solar Pricing Back Out of Reach

In September, the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative celebrated that its 2020 price target for utility-scale solar had been achieved three years early. But the triumph appears to have been short-lived. An analysis from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that the average price for utility-scale solar recently fell to less than $1.00 per watt and below 6 cents per kilowatt-hour -- without subsidies. GTM Research calculated that U.S. utility-scale fixed-tilt solar system pricing fell below $1 per watt earlier in the year, using a different methodology. However, a new GTM Research report finds that the average fixed-tilt utility-scale solar price has since edged back above of the SunShot price target, amid market uncertainty surrounding the Section 201 solar trade case. In the first half of 2017, the average fixed-tilt system was priced at 98 cents per...

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