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Published on May 6th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solar PV Module Prices Have Fallen 80% Since 2008, Wind Turbines 29%

May 6th, 2013 by  


I know most of you have seen such graphs many times, but I can’t resist sharing another one every once in awhile. And the truth is, a lot of people are completely oblivious to this. Those who follow cleantech news know the strong trend, but the common person certainly doesn’t. Do everyone a favor — share this graph with your friends! 😀

price of solar drop 2008 80 percent

Wind Power Prices Also Dropping

Wind turbine prices have followed a similar (if not quite as extreme) trend. Since 2008, wind turbine prices have fallen 29%. Wind power is more mature than solar. It is already the cheapest electricity option in many or even most places. You can see in the graph below that it had most of its massive price drops in the 1990s.

lcoe wind power

The full BNEF presentation those graphs come from was a presentation at the  Clean Energy Ministerial in Delhi, India on April 17, 2013.

Stay tuned, because I’ve got a post coming in about one hour that goes very well with these, but takes things even a step further. 
 
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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. 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, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.



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