21 Apr '11, 8pm

Distributed solar approaches grid parity

Distributed solar approaches grid parity

This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's New Rules Project . Grid parity is an approaching target for distributed solar power, and can be helped along with smarter electricity pricing policy. Consider a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed in Los Angeles. A local buying group negotiated a price of $4.78 per watt for the solar modules and installation, a price that averages out to 23.1 cents per kilowatt-hour over the 25 year life of the system. With the federal tax credit, that cost drops to 17.9 cents. Since the average electricity price in Los Angeles is 11.5 cents (according to National Renewable Energy Laboratory's PV Watts Version 2 calculator ), solar doesn't compete. Or does it? In Los Angeles, there are three sets of electricity prices. From October to May, all pricing plans ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-04-21-distributed-s...

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