How Distributed Solar Has Grown
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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In addition to our post in May about “California, Leading the Country in Clean Energy, Requires New Homes To Have Solar In 2020“, I’d like to share with you some data recently compiled and released by the Institute For Local Self-Reliance on distributed solar (project under 1 MW in size) in USA in the map below:
Many factors have contributed to the recent growth in distributed solar in USA:
- reduced energy storage (battery) cost
- reduced soft (everything other than hardware, such as installations, labor, permitting, marketing, coordination, inspections, customer acquisitions, taxes, etc.) cost
- new business model such as Solar City
- policies and incentives
- greater awareness of solar energy applications
Below is a presentation of Tony Seba on “The Energy Storage Disruption-End of Peakers by 2020 and Baseload by 2030” from 2016, explaining how the energy storage cost is reduced”
Given that the soft cost now takes up about 50%-60% of the overall solar cost, it is important to continue to streamline this segment of the solar cost. With regard to reducing the soft cost, below, please refer to: “Varun Rai, “Hard Science of Soft Costs: Reducing Solar Costs and Accelerating Adoption” from June of 2017, below:
New business models such as Solar City helps those who have difficulty affording the initial purchasing and installation cost, in the video below “Going Solar: A Resident’s Experience with Solar City” from March of 2014:
To find out your state’s policies and incentives pertaining to solar, please click HERE.
Of course, with the help of internet and smart phone, information flow and communications are much more efficient. Web sites such as Windermere Sun (www.WindermereSun.com) and Sun Is The Future (http://www.sunisthefuture.net) have also contributed to the greater awareness of solar energy applications.
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Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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