05 Aug '11, 3pm

Can Solar Thermal (CSP) Compete With PV Panels at $1 per Watt? via @greentechmedia

The big problem here is the lack of transparent pricing. For a PV system, it’s easy to get prices for panels, inverters, copper wire, etc. For solar power tower technology, none of the primary costs can be estimated without insider knowledge. Consumers are very good at driving down prices. Consequently, certain consumer goods tend to be much cheaper than similar goods built for business use. (Businesses have advantages over consumers in many areas, including their ability to get volume discounts.) The broad awareness (by solar installers, homeowners, etc) of PV prices can help insure fair bidding and can drive down costs across the industry. Taxpayers and residential electricity buyers have a stake in the game. The public is accustomed to 10 cents per kilowatt-hour electricity. Solar still struggles to meet that target. But PV is getting there on multiple fronts that every...

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