Making Sense of PV Parity: Quantifying Solar's Competitiveness

Renewable Energy World.COM
23 April 2013
The PV industry is the subject of an increasingly confusing discussion about its future. Statements that solar PV is competitive today and will expand exponentially are countered by detractors pointing out grid limitations and studies suggesting cost shifting. What is missing from this discussion is a clear and systematic framework which provides a common vocabulary to bracket discussions about solar PV’s competitiveness.

To be useful, such a framework must be applicable to most power grids around the world while recognizing that competitiveness values are specific to each grid’s mix of generation and transmission resources. Critical to the discussion must be the opportunities and challenges of integrating PV into the grid, including an honest assessment of costs and benefits. Because integration issues vary depending on penetration, discussions must be explicit about the levels under discussion.  Read more

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