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Title: U.S. Aims for Zero-Energy: Support for PV on New Homes

Abstract

As a market segment for solar photovoltaic (PV) adoption, new homes have a number of attractive attributes. Homebuyers can easily roll the cost of the PV system into their mortgage and, with rebates or other financial incentives, potentially realize an immediate net positive cash flow from the investment. PV system performance can be optimized by taking roof orientation, shading, and other structural factors into account in the design of new homes. Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), which are subject to fewer aesthetic concerns than traditional, rack-mounted systems, are well-suited to new construction applications. In large new residential developments, costs can be reduced through bulk purchases and scale economies in system design and installation. Finally, the ability to install PV as a standard feature in new developments - like common household appliances - creates an opportunity to circumvent the high transaction costs and other barriers typically confronted when each individual homeowner must make a distinct PV purchase decision.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley NationalLaboratory, Berkeley, CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency andRenewable Energy
OSTI Identifier:
919838
Report Number(s):
LBNL-60054
Journal ID: ISSN 1462-6381; R&D Project: E11201; BnR: 600303000; TRN: US200822%%588
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Renewable Energy World; Journal Volume: 0; Related Information: Journal Publication Date: May-June2006
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; AESTHETICS; APPLIANCES; CONSTRUCTION; DESIGN; FINANCIAL INCENTIVES; HOUSEHOLDS; MARKET; ORIENTATION; PERFORMANCE; ROOFS; SHADING; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER SUPPLIES

Citation Formats

Barbose, Galen, Wiser, Ryan, and Bolinger, Mark. U.S. Aims for Zero-Energy: Support for PV on New Homes. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Barbose, Galen, Wiser, Ryan, & Bolinger, Mark. U.S. Aims for Zero-Energy: Support for PV on New Homes. United States.
Barbose, Galen, Wiser, Ryan, and Bolinger, Mark. Thu . "U.S. Aims for Zero-Energy: Support for PV on New Homes". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/919838.
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title = {U.S. Aims for Zero-Energy: Support for PV on New Homes},
author = {Barbose, Galen and Wiser, Ryan and Bolinger, Mark},
abstractNote = {As a market segment for solar photovoltaic (PV) adoption, new homes have a number of attractive attributes. Homebuyers can easily roll the cost of the PV system into their mortgage and, with rebates or other financial incentives, potentially realize an immediate net positive cash flow from the investment. PV system performance can be optimized by taking roof orientation, shading, and other structural factors into account in the design of new homes. Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), which are subject to fewer aesthetic concerns than traditional, rack-mounted systems, are well-suited to new construction applications. In large new residential developments, costs can be reduced through bulk purchases and scale economies in system design and installation. Finally, the ability to install PV as a standard feature in new developments - like common household appliances - creates an opportunity to circumvent the high transaction costs and other barriers typically confronted when each individual homeowner must make a distinct PV purchase decision.},
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journal = {Renewable Energy World},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu May 11 00:00:00 EDT 2006},
month = {Thu May 11 00:00:00 EDT 2006}
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