solar panel costs

How Do We Lower Solar Installation Costs And Open The Market To Securitized Portfolios: Standardize…

Soft costs can be pretty tough. The cost of solar installations can be generally separated into “hard” costs — representing primary components such as modules, racking, inverters — and soft costs including legal, permitting, and financing. While the former group — particularly modules — have dropped dramatically over the last several years, the latter have not. According to a recent NREL analysis, these costs represent roughly 30% of both residential and utility installations (slightly less for commercial-host systems). See Figure 1. […]

Are You Taking Advantage of the Sun on This Summer Solstice?

On this 2011 summer solstice (the longest day of the year) in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought I’d break out of my normal, obsessive news coverage and commentary tendency to step back and reflect a little more than usual. Here on CleanTechnica, that means reflecting on the clear benefits of solar energy and the clear question I think anyone not yet hooked up to solar could be asking themselves, reflecting on today….