27 Sep '11, 7pm

German Small #Solar Cheaper than Big U.S. Solar via @johnffarrell and @REWorld

The U.S. has a hodge-podge of utility, state and federal tax-based incentives. The Germans have a comprehensive feed-in tariff, providing CLEAN contracts (in the U.S. parlance) to anyone who wants to go solar (or wind, or biogas, etc). What does that mean for the price of solar? From a study of U.S. solar prices reported in Renewables International : Perhaps most surprisingly, the study found that the planned arrays [in the U.S.] larger than one megawatt have an average installed price of $4.50 per watt, with only a third of the systems in the pipeline coming in at prices below four dollars per watt. As Renewables International reported in January, the installed system price of photovoltaics in the US was easily 60 percent above the level in Germany in 2010 for equivalent system sizes (arrays smaller than 100 kilowatts). While large-scale U.S. solar comes in at $4.50 per W...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2011/09...

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