Tag Archives: PV Cost Reduction

Renewable Energy Databook from NREL

Better late than never, NREL put out a renewable energy databook that covers RE through the end of 2013.  It is full of charts and graphs that do a nice job of illustrating RE progress in the US and the … Continue reading

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Popular and ‘Best-Of’ Posts

  WIND: WIND INTERMITTENCY IS EXAGGERATED – NREL study shows US wind potential is larger and more stable than previously thought with capacity factors of 65% available, see details HERE.  Better even than Handleman Post predictions, that capacity factors of … Continue reading

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Lazard’s LCOE Report is Out for 2014

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy report looks at energy costs both with and without subsidies.  Wind and solar continue to improve their position compared to other sources. This report is very helpful in teasing apart fact from hype regarding subsidies … Continue reading

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Experience Curves: How They Work and What They Foretell About Lithium Ion Storage Prices

Elon Musk’s announcement of the Tesla Giga Factory garnered a great deal of attention.  Among other things he mentioned that by building this large factory they were sure that the cost of Lithium Ion batteries would come down.  How could … Continue reading

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Tesla to Give Away Intellectual Property and Bring Solar to Cost Parity

What an amazing guy this Elon Musk is. http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you http://blog.solarcity.com/silevo/ About Silevo  

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Utility Scale Solar Cost Halves in 4 Years

Great progress is being made in lowering the cost of PV.  This report on utility scale PV generation shows recent progress. UPDATE:  Dubai paves the way and gets there several years early. Other renewable energy and related cost reduction trends … Continue reading

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LCOE Comparision

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis offers a great comparison between various energy sources.  It shows subsidized and unsubsidized so that better comparisons can be made. UPDATE Aug 2015:  Lazard’s updates this every year.  Historical context is helpful as it … Continue reading

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A Great Graphic That Illustrates the Disruptive Nature of Solar Energy

The graph came from this blog More graphs here.  I like these but proceed with caution, they really don’t address intermittency.  So there is much work to be done.  This series of posts covers much of what needs to go … Continue reading

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Best Of the Handleman Post 2013

Below are links to some of my favorite posts for the year: Tesla – Good Stuff about this revolutionary car: About those Tesla Fires – Tesla has had three fires. In all the fuss the press neglected to mention that … Continue reading

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PV Closing in on $2.00 / W Installed

The graphic below shows that we are nearing $2.00 / W installed in Germany for solar.  $2.00 / Watt takes into account the price of the Euro which is trading at about $1.37.  In the US we are closer to … Continue reading

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