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'Plug-and-play' PV modules could cut soft costs on #solar installations

U.S. solar photovoltaic installation costs appear to be fairly excessive relative to other leading solar markets in Europe. Because labor rates are fairly similar, there must be other factors at work. SolarTech, through a grant from the Department of Energy's (DOE) SunShot Initiative, has been leading a series of industry workshops to identify opportunities to lower costs through standards leading to more effective "plug-and-play." In particular, the effort has focused on removing soft costs from the PV installation process. Soft costs are often termed "hidden costs," as they are not standard line items on a bill of materials or labor rate. In the solar PV world, these are the costs related to permitting, inspection and utility interconnection; finding or training an adequate workforce; securing financing or losing deals because of inadequate financing options; energy prod...

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