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Solar Diseconomies of Scale

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 14, 2011 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/solar-diseconomies-scale/

PV projects, which ranged in size from 1-kilowatt residential installations to 48-megawatt power plants, have much shorter planning horizons and project completion times, along with lesser siting, permitting, financing and transmission requirements at these small- and medium-sized scales.

However, larger PV and CSP projects (those greater than 50 MW) require overcoming financing, siting/permitting, and transmission barriers that might emerge at these larger sizes. [emphasis added]

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