It Keeps Getting Cheaper To Install Solar Panels In The US

Installing solar panels in the US continues to get cheaper says a new report, note Matt Kasper and Ryan Koronowski at Climate Progress. Solar installation costs drop from 6-14% from 2011 to 2012. Meanwhile, solar panel prices have plummeted since 2008, causing an 80 percent price drop for systems generating less than 10KW of power – that is, most residential PV systems. The steady drop in costs have helped to enable a steep increase in the pace of installation over the last several years, with a jump of over 400% occurring from 2009 to 2012.  There are limits to how much further solar cell prices can fall, but further cost reductions might be found in changing the soft, or non-hardware costs, influenced by local, state and national policies. Countries like Italy, Australia, and Germany have generally incentivized solar adoption through long-term policies, which have in turn helped to reduce soft costs, for example.  Even so, the U.S. achieved many significant accomplishments last year, installing a record 3,313 megawatts of solar panel capacity in 2012.  Keep up the momentum, America!


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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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