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Title: 2016 End of the year South Carolina PV soft cost and workforce development

Abstract

A solar industry survey was given to professional installers who serve the South Carolina market in order to determine trends in costing, work force needs, and business demographics at the end of 2016. It was found that 70% of the respondents serve the residential sector, while only 7% of the total exclusively serves the residential market. The average size of residential installations remain near 9 kW-DC, while the average size of commercial and utility scale installations continue to grow to 378 kW-DC and 14.8 MW-DC, respectively. The total cost of these residential systems has hovered around $3.50/W-DC since the end of 2015, while commercial installations have dropped to $2.45/W-DC and utility scale installations have dropped to $1.49/W-DC. It is expected that the cost of utility scale installations will continue to drop as there are publically reported utility scale installations with contracted PPAs for less than 4¢/kWh. 52-60% of the cost is associated with hardware only depending upon sector.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1377028
Report Number(s):
SRNL-STI-2017-00474
DOE Contract Number:  
AC09-08SR22470
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY

Citation Formats

Fox, Elise B., Edwards, Thomas B., and Drory, Michael D. 2016 End of the year South Carolina PV soft cost and workforce development. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1377028.
Fox, Elise B., Edwards, Thomas B., & Drory, Michael D. 2016 End of the year South Carolina PV soft cost and workforce development. United States. doi:10.2172/1377028.
Fox, Elise B., Edwards, Thomas B., and Drory, Michael D. Wed . "2016 End of the year South Carolina PV soft cost and workforce development". United States. doi:10.2172/1377028. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1377028.
@article{osti_1377028,
title = {2016 End of the year South Carolina PV soft cost and workforce development},
author = {Fox, Elise B. and Edwards, Thomas B. and Drory, Michael D.},
abstractNote = {A solar industry survey was given to professional installers who serve the South Carolina market in order to determine trends in costing, work force needs, and business demographics at the end of 2016. It was found that 70% of the respondents serve the residential sector, while only 7% of the total exclusively serves the residential market. The average size of residential installations remain near 9 kW-DC, while the average size of commercial and utility scale installations continue to grow to 378 kW-DC and 14.8 MW-DC, respectively. The total cost of these residential systems has hovered around $3.50/W-DC since the end of 2015, while commercial installations have dropped to $2.45/W-DC and utility scale installations have dropped to $1.49/W-DC. It is expected that the cost of utility scale installations will continue to drop as there are publically reported utility scale installations with contracted PPAs for less than 4¢/kWh. 52-60% of the cost is associated with hardware only depending upon sector.},
doi = {10.2172/1377028},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {8}
}

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