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Title: Solar Buyer's Markets: Unlocking Lower Photovoltaic and Battery Prices on Online Quote Platforms

Abstract

Previous NREL research shows that solar photovoltaic (PV) customers tend to obtain lower installation quote prices on online quote platforms. In new research reported in Solar Buyer's Markets: Unlocking Lower Photovoltaic and Battery Prices on Online Quote Platforms, we corroborate those results using data from the Pick My Solar quote platform. Furthermore, for the first time, we evaluate quote prices for batteries on online quote platforms. Given that few customers currently use quote platforms, we discuss various pathways to increase use of online quote platforms, including developing strategic partnerships, building customer trust, increasing market transparency, and providing quality guarantees.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1484338
Report Number(s):
NREL/FS-6A20-72349
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Program Document
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; photovoltaic; PV; solar; installation; battery; quote platforms

Citation Formats

OShaughnessy, Eric J, and Margolis, Robert M. Solar Buyer's Markets: Unlocking Lower Photovoltaic and Battery Prices on Online Quote Platforms. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
OShaughnessy, Eric J, & Margolis, Robert M. Solar Buyer's Markets: Unlocking Lower Photovoltaic and Battery Prices on Online Quote Platforms. United States.
OShaughnessy, Eric J, and Margolis, Robert M. Tue . "Solar Buyer's Markets: Unlocking Lower Photovoltaic and Battery Prices on Online Quote Platforms". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1484338.
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author = {OShaughnessy, Eric J and Margolis, Robert M},
abstractNote = {Previous NREL research shows that solar photovoltaic (PV) customers tend to obtain lower installation quote prices on online quote platforms. In new research reported in Solar Buyer's Markets: Unlocking Lower Photovoltaic and Battery Prices on Online Quote Platforms, we corroborate those results using data from the Pick My Solar quote platform. Furthermore, for the first time, we evaluate quote prices for batteries on online quote platforms. Given that few customers currently use quote platforms, we discuss various pathways to increase use of online quote platforms, including developing strategic partnerships, building customer trust, increasing market transparency, and providing quality guarantees.},
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year = {Tue Nov 27 00:00:00 EST 2018},
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