How to Drive Down Solar Prices in Today’s Market

With soft costs making up the highest percentage of solar costs, how can the market affect the soft cost segment?

More Solar PV System Cost Data

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System Cost Benchmark—Q1 2017 report:

  • The 2017 per Watt DC Residential PV (5.7 kW) cost is $2.80—compared with $7.24 in 2010.
  • The 2017 per Watt DC Commercial PV (200 kW) cost is $1.85—compared with $5.36 in 2010.
  • The 2017 per Watt DC Utility-scale PV Fixed Tilt (100 MW) cost is $1.03—compared with $4.57 in 2010.
  • The 2017 per Watt DC Utility-scale PV One-axis Tracker (100 MW) cost is $1.11—compared with $5.44 in 2010.

More Reading

Taming Soft Costs for Solar PV

Listen Up: Future Rooftop Solar Costs — Getting to $2.50/watt

Peeling Back the Red Tape to Go Solar

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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