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Published on November 29th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solar Graph Porn

November 29th, 2012 by  


 
This article has been reposted from Solar Love with full permission:

Someone recently passed along these great graphs from a German website (you can see an English translation of the webpage they came from here). The overall message: solar PV prices in Germany have dropped considerably in the past few years (as installation has boomed), and the prices are pretty darn low these days.

More specifically, note that the graphs are not for the same time period — they are sequential. So, basically, the price just dropped and dropped and dropped and dropped. (The same thing is happening in the US, just not as fast, since installation isn’t happening as fast and because of some other factors, like balance of system or “soft” costs and subsidies.)

Take a look at the graphs below and let me know if anything else comes to mind for you (note: prices are per kWp for plants up to 100 kWp solar power plants):

October 2012

 

Amazing, isn’t it?

And here’s the price history in list form (again, prices are per kWp for plants up to 100 kWp solar power plants):

Month PV Price
January 2009 € 4,110
February 2009 € 3,930
March 2009 € 3,820
April 2009 € 3,740
May 2009 € 3,500
June 2009 € 3,500
July 2009 € 3,390
August 2009 € 3,230
September 2009 € 3,110
October 2009 € 3,050
November 2009 € 2,950
December 2009 € 3,060
January 2010 € 3,040
February 2010 € 2,970
March 2010 € 3,030
April 2010 € 2,930
May 2010 € 2,890
June 2010 € 2,840
July 2010 € 2,580
August 2010 € 2,610
September 2010 € 2,540
October 2010 € 2,500
November 2010 € 2,510
December 2010 € 2,470
January 2011 € 2,480
February 2011 € 2,390
March 2011 € 2,350
April 2011 € 2,390
May 2011 € 2,370
June 2011 € 2,300
July 2011 € 2,210
August 2011 € 2,170
September 2011 € 2,120
October 2011 € 2,090
November 2011 € 1,960
December 2011 € 1,950
January 2012 € 1,990
February 2012 € 1,960
March 2012 € 1,990
April 2012 € 1,900
May 2012 € 1,870
June 2012 € 1,740
July 2012 € 1,720
August 2012 € 1,630
September 2012 € 1,610
October 2012 € 1,600

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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