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Title: Financing, Overhead, and Profit: An In-Depth Discussion of Costs Associated with Third-Party Financing of Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems

Previous work quantifying the non-hardware balance-of-system costs -- or soft costs -- associated with building a residential or commercial photovoltaic (PV) system has left a significant portion unsegmented in an 'other soft costs' category. This report attempts to better quantify the 'other soft costs' by focusing on the financing, overhead, and profit of residential and commercial PV installations for a specific business model. This report presents results from a bottom-up data-collection and analysis of the upfront costs associated with developing, constructing, and arranging third-party-financed residential and commercial PV systems. It quantifies the indirect corporate costs required to install distributed PV systems as well as the transactional costs associated with arranging third-party financing.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1107462
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-6A20-60401
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY BENCHMARKING; SOFT COSTS; FINANCING; THIRD-PARTY FINANCING; BALANCE-OF-SYSTEM COSTS; BOS COSTS; THIRD-PARTY-FINANCED; PV SYSTEM PRICE; INDIRECT CORPORATE COSTS; Energy Analysis; Solar Energy - Photovoltaics