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Report: Pricing CLEAN Contracts for Solar PV in the U.S.

| Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2011 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

What would happen if the U.S. adopted the world’s flagship solar energy policy – a feed-in tariff?  This policy is responsible for three-quarters of the world’s solar power capacity and offers the simplest mechanism for expanding production of solar power and other renewable energy.

Pricing CLEAN Contracts for Solar PV in the U.S.explores how such a policy (also known as CLEAN contracts) would be priced in the U.S. market, translating the world-leading German program to America.  The report, authored by ILSR senior researcher John Farrell, accounts for the much greater solar resource in the U.S. and examines the price utilities would have to pay to obtain the most solar, most affordably.

The report examines what these prices would be with existing federal incentives and without, exploring the price states could pay to maximize their solar power potential.

CLEAN Rate for < 30 kW Rooftop Solar PV @ $3.50/W – ITC and depreciation

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About John Farrell

John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power. More

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