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Is our solar pv panels learning?

Posted by Rich Sweeney on February 20, 2009

According to a new LBNL report (pdf), yes. For those with short attention spans busy schedules, the main findings are presented in a powerpoint here (pdf). The authors find that installed pv costs declined substantially from 2001 to 2007 (by 32% in the commercial sector and 7% in the residential sector). However, as is the typically the case when it comes to renewables, public policy is a key determinant of net costs, with the authors attributing recent movements largely to the ITC.

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One Response to “Is our solar pv panels learning?”

  1. Hydra said

    Is the cost of public policy included in the net costs?

    If so, why bring it up?
    I not, then it isn’t really net cost, is it?

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