30 Jul '15, 7am

MIT idea: Reward solar generation instead of installation

In an interdisciplinary MIT study titled “The Future of Solar Energy,” leaders in technology, policy and economics evaluated multiple options for stimulating the United States solar industry. The authors asserted the current regime of subsidies at the federal, state and local levels is inefficient and has resulted in broad market failure. While a comprehensive carbon policy would be optimal, direct grants and subsidies that reward generation instead of investment represent a second-best option for stimulating solar growth. Although the report’s conclusions have been met with criticism from groups such as GW Solar Institute, other experts have welcomed the recommendations. Policy designs can increase demand for solar “We ought to have mechanisms in place that subsidize production directly to level the playing field,” said Francis O’Sullivan, director of research and analysi...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/article/mit-idea-reward-solar-gen...

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