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Soft Costs Make a Bigger Difference as Solar Gets Cheap

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 29, 2013 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/soft-costs-bigger-difference-solar-cheap/

placeholderLast week’s graphic on the impact of local permitting on the cost of solar power was a big hit, so here’s a follow up on “soft costs,” the expenses in a solar installation (including permitting) that are not the solar module.  The chart compares the soft costs in the U.S. to Germany (thanks to LBNL’s analysis), where these cost are much lower.  The soft costs reductions attributable to the much larger solar market in Germany have already been accounted for and the chart shows those that are the result of other factors.

Lowering Soft Costs Means Big Solar Savings

 

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John Farrell directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. More

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