28 Dec '11, 2pm

Map projects when U.S. cities will achieve grid parity for solar #solar #gridparity

28 Dec 2011: Map Projects When U.S. Cities Will Achieve Grid Parity for Solar If energy cost trends remain consistent — with the price of retail electricity rising and solar power falling — solar energy could become cheaper than power from the grid in most major U.S. metropolitan areas Click to enlarge Energy Self-Reliant States Grid parity in U.S. states by 2027, according to a recent projection. In a new map published on the Energy Self-Reliant States website , energy policy analyst John Farrell has predicted which U.S. cities will achieve so-called “grid parity” first — and the order in which other cities will follow through 2027. Farrell, a researcher with the group, Local Self-Reliance, based his projections on recent regional retail rates for electricity, which have seen the cost of solar energy decline by an average of 7 percent per year and the cost of retail elect...

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