Can US solar energy compete with Germ...

Can US solar energy compete with Germany's low prices?

There are 2 comments on the Christian Science Monitor story from Dec 7, 2013, titled Can US solar energy compete with Germany's low prices?. In it, Christian Science Monitor reports that:

Solar panels line the roof of Ikea's Brooklyn store, in New York. 'Soft costs' account for 50 to 70 percent of the total cost of a rooftop solar system in the US today.

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La Quinta, CA

#1 Dec 7, 2013
"In addition to providing cost details on the PV installation process, our report outlines several enabling factors from German and leading U.S. installers that can be disseminated throughout the U.S. market. These opportunities range widely in complexity and impact, from redesigning the base installation process and preparing rails on the ground, to implementing a one-day installation process and PV-ready electrical circuits. We’ve shown in Figure 2 (see left) the potential impact in $/W of these solutions and how difficult it would likely be to implement them widely the U.S."

Look at and take a look at their POD systems. For an 8.5KW peak (ground mount) grid tied system, they claim they can assemble, wire and test a POD at their facility and ship it to the buyer. At about 24K plus shipping that's a large improvement over installed prices just a few years ago $5-$6 per watt installed. As for Germany, much of their solar PV is using a feed in tariff to increase the value of the electricity produced by the solar PV system. In the U.S. there is still the FTC of 30% until 12/31/16. So a system costing say 30k to install, would be 21K after the FTC.

Since: Mar 13

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#2 Dec 8, 2013
Why would we want to? Their "low prices" are ruining their economy and making them the enemy of their neighbors. It is expected that between 300,000 and 600,000 people will lose service due to inability to afford the very expensive service. Meanwhile, nuclear France has very stable, very inexpensive electricity.

THAT is the lesson we should learn.

By the way, Ontario has had the same experience as France. Nuclear = good cheap power.

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