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A slideshow illustrating the concept of solar grid parity, when it is economically better to install solar than pay for utility electricity. Includes maps of the levelized cost of solar by state and ...

A slideshow illustrating the concept of solar grid parity, when it is economically better to install solar than pay for utility electricity. Includes maps of the levelized cost of solar by state and the current status of grid parity.

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Solar Grid Parity 101 (old - see feed for update) Solar Grid Parity 101 (old - see feed for update) Presentation Transcript

  • Solar Grid Parity Coming soon Slideshow designed by John Farrell, Director Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program
  • Solar Grid Parity =cost of solar = grid electricity price
  • Cost of Solar =cost of solar = grid electricity price
  • Cost of solar ($/W)$6.40 $5.20 $3.75 U.S. Average (mid-2011)
  • Cost of solar ($/W)$6.40 $5.20 $3.75 U.S. Average (mid-2011)
  • Cost of solar ($/W)
  • Cost of Solar Type Residential Cost per Watt $6.40 Levelized Location Minneapolis Cost per k Wh Project life 25 years 0 .37Interest, Maintenance, etc $0.16/kWh Output (kWh/kW/year) 1,250
  • Cost of Solar Type Residential Cost per Watt $6.40 Levelized Location Los Angeles Cost p er k Wh Project life 25 years 0 .31Interest, Maintenance, etc $0.16/kWh Output (kWh/kW/year) 1,500
  • Cost of Solar Type Residential Cost per Watt $6.40 Levelized Location Minneapolis Cost per k WhInterest,Project life Maintenance, etc $0.16/kWh 25 years 0 .37Interest, Maintenance, etc $0.16/kWh Output (kWh/kW/year) 1,250
  • Cost of Solar Type Residential Cost per Watt $6.40 Levelized Location Minneapolis Cost per k WhInterest,Project life Maintenance, etc $0.16/kWh 20 years 0 .43Interest, Maintenance, etc $0.16/kWh Output (kWh/kW/year) 1,250
  • Cost of Solar Type Residential Cost per Watt $6.40 Levelized Location Minneapolis Cost per k WhInterest,Project life Maintenance, etc $0.16/kWh 25 years 0 .37Interest, Maintenance, etc $0.16/kWh Output (kWh/kW/year) 1,250
  • Cost of Solar Type Residential Cost per Watt $4.40 Levelized Location Minneapolis Cost p er k WhInterest,Project life Maintenance, etc $0.16/kWh 25 years 0 .25Interest, Maintenance, etc $0.16/kWh Output (kWh/kW/year) 1,250
  • Cost of Solar (Sensitivity) Sunnier Shorter Defaults Lower cost location project $6.40/W $6.40/W $6.40/W $4.40/W Minneapolis Los Angeles Minneapolis Minneapolis 25 years 25 years 20 years 25 yearsLevelized $0.37 $0.31 $0.43 $0.25 Cost
  • Cost of SolarLevelized cost of solar installed at $4.40/Watt
  • Grid Electricity Price =cost of solar = grid electricity price
  • Grid Electricity Price Existing Power Plant per k Wh 0 .04 6/1/1970
  • Grid Electricity Price Existing Power Plant per k Wh 0 .04 6/1/1970Amortized power plant = new power plant
  • Grid Electricity Price Market Price Referant per k Wh 0.12OK for utility-scale solar (wholesale)
  • Grid Electricity Price Retail Price va riesFor on-site solar (retail)
  • Grid Electricity PriceAverage residential retail rate (Feb. 2011, EIA)
  • Solar Grid Parity 50% or better 95% to 105% 2011: 1 state 150% or moreRatio of solar cost to average residential retail rate
  • Solar Grid Parity 50% or better 95% to 105% 2016: 3 states 150% or moreRatio of solar cost to average residential retail rate
  • Solar Grid Parity 57 million people 50% or better 95% to 105% 2016: 3 states 150% or moreRatio of solar cost to average residential retail rate