23 Sep '12, 9am

Solar Much Cheaper in Germany than US for 1 Clear Reason — Soft Costs

Solar Much Cheaper in Germany than US for 1 Clear Reason — Soft Costs

Why Are Residential PV Prices in Germany So Much Lower Than in the United States? A Scoping Analysis September 19, 2012 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) “The wide disparity between the installed price of residential PV in Germany and the United States has been well documented and can be attributed primarily to differences in “soft” costs (or business process costs). In order to better characterize the nature of these differences, LBNL fielded a survey of German PV installers to collect granular data on the number of labor hours and labor costs associated with various soft cost elements for residential PV in Germany…The comparison focuses specifically on host-customer-owned systems installed in Germany in 2011 and in the U.S. in 2010. “Key findings from [Why Are Residential PV Prices in Germany So Much Lower Than in the United States? A Scoping Analysis ] include…[1]...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/09/23/solar-much-cheaper-in...

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