09 Dec '12, 11pm

Don't bet on it! The SolarCity IPO: Bringing Back Confidence to Renewable Energy Investors?

Don't bet on it! The SolarCity IPO: Bringing Back Confidence to Renewable Energy Investors?

It is these exact conditions, however, that benefit SolarCity. The downward squeeze on solar prices makes deployment of these systems more and more affordable. According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory , since 1998 installed prices for residential and commercial solar in the U.S. has dropped between 5%-7% per year on average. This means the average project cost is half of what it did 13 years ago. This trend is likely to continue, and my even accelerate as breakthroughs in photovoltaic technologies come to market. This creates a very tough environment for solar manufacturers, but it is all good news for companies like SolarCity. Though the risk of government incentives drying up is a real concern for SolarCity, dropping panel prices, along with rising energy costs, could balance out the damage to SolarCity’s business model.

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