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Published on March 22nd, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


Cool Chart of the Week: Solar Socket Parity In California, Australia, Germany, Italy, & Netherlands

March 22nd, 2015 by  

I forget now how I ran across this chart, but it’s a nice one. It shows that residential solar PV power hit socket parity (aka grid parity) in California, Germany, Australia, Italy, and the Netherlands in 2013.

solar socket parity california germany australia netherlands italy

Of course, these are based on averages, including average solar PV system prices and average retail electricity prices (excluding fixed charges). In California, there’s also the issue of tiered tariffs.

“In 2013, socket parity was reached in Australia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and California, and is progressively being reached in other countries. It does not happen at the same time globally, due to large differences in generation costs of PV, which depend on local PV system prices, resource conditions, financing arrangements, as well as different prices for grid electricity,” the International Energy Agency (IEA), the source of this chart, writes.

“To learn more, see the 2014 edition of Technology Roadmap Solar Photovoltaic Energy.” 

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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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