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!
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in less than 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
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