25 Oct '11, 10am

PV Systems Have Gotten Dirt Cheap

This may be a regional by mike eliason Helpful? 0 Sign in to vote This may be a regional anomaly (at least for now)... But when we look at cost of PV for PH and near-PH modeled projects here in the NW - we're still seeing that even w/ PV at $4.50/watt that we can't recoup the cost of the system - even taking into account annually increasing rates. At least, not in 25 years. This is due to two functions - severe lack of sun (parts of AK get as much as we do), and electricity rates significantly less than the Northeast. I think on average, a PV panel in the NE is also going to produce something like 25% more annually than Seattle. I also think the issue of consumption needs to be addressed significantly before adding production - especially after talking with Alex Wilson about resiliency this weekend. Simply focusing on the production side will require additional outputs fro...

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