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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.

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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