Back to top Jump to featured resources
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States

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

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


Tags: / / / /

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

Contact John   |   View all articles by John Farrell