Utilities have taken on the practice of applying standby and fixed cost charges specific to solar PV for customers choosing to go solar as a means to recover costs resulting from net energy metering (NEM).
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While PV modules and other hardware costs have dropped significantly over recent years, non-hardware soft costs have also fallen, but not nearly as sharply.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after reviewing the Department of Energy’s new report, “2014: The Year of Concentrating Solar Power,” which profiles five utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) plants and calls 2014 a “significant milestone in the history of American solar energy.”
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the Department of Energy’s announcement today that its decade-long solar SunShot Initiative is more than 60 percent of the way to achieving “cost-competitive utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity,” Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
Michael Cliggett and Garrett Nilsen from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative will focus on highlighting a few of their favorite projects and highlight specific technologies that recently entered the market thanks to U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative funding.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released a report that breaks down the ‘soft costs’ associated with the installation of residential and commercial photovoltaic systems in greater detail than ever before, with detailed looks at customer acquisition and system design costs, as well as permitting, inspection and interconnection costs.
A new study from the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Georgia Tech Research Institute finds that U.S PV installation labor costs can be decreased from $0.49/watt to $0.29/watt by utilizing installation best practices. Researchers studied installation practices at 26 sites in the U.S. and Germany to determine current practices and future opportunities.
This webinar will introduce solar developers, environmental consulting firms, data companies, and software developers to a new open-source GIS siting tool developed by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies' Energy Policy Institute with support from the SunShot Initiative.
More than 18,000 municipalities in the U.S. set their own solar permitting requirements. As a result, solar permitting requirements and costs vary dramatically city by city. Solar permitting can either be a walk in the park, or a bureaucratic headache. Vote Solar is developing a highly interactive permitting website that catalogs and scores current municipal permitting practices. The website incorporates data on current permitting practices from Clean Power Finance’s (CPF) National Solar Permitting Database (www.solarpermit.org), and scores municipalities on Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) nine ‘solar permitting best practices.’ The website will include an education center with resources to empower citizens to streamline permitting practices in their communities.