Solar PV projects driven by expectations of greater revenue streams, not government incentives

Government incentives such as feed-in tariffs are a complicated driver for solar photovoltaic installations. Some PV projects have been emerging on their own merits for revenue, not government help, says Marie Schnitzer, Solar Director at AWS Truepower, in this interview.

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(October 8, 2010) — With technology costs decreasing, one trend that Marie Schnitzer, Solar Director at AWS Truepower, says has been emerging the past two to three years is the raised expectations for revenue streams from solar PV projects. Some projects have been emerging on their own merits, i.e., the anticipated revenue streams — not necessarily as a result of federal or regional incentives.

In this podcast interview, Schnitzer also describes the blending of three main data sources to arrive at a project’s bankability and discusses the characteristics and requirements of high-quality data sources. And while uncertainties that are well-characterized enable risk profile analysis, Schnitzer identifies a number of uncertainties within databases that need to be taken into account.

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The topic of energy security and economic security is approached from a practical point of view by Schnitzer. Even projects with energy security implications need to weigh the use of resources that might go a project vs. the energy output.

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