With recent scale-up in both photovoltaic and concentrated thermal facilities, solar energy is nearing cost parity with wind and even some fossil generation sources. And with development models...
PV vs. Solar Thermal
Distributed solar modules are gaining ground on concentrated solar thermal plants.
4. Southern California Edison’s Advice Letter 2198-E requesting CPUC approval for RPS-compliant PPA with FSE Blythe 1, LLC and CPUC Resolution E-4118 adopting 2007 Market Price Referent (MPR).
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11. EPRI Report: The study did not determine the additional cost reduction when accelerated depreciation is included.
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13. The ability of a solar energy project to sell power at a given price ultimately depends on the quality of the solar resource and ambient temperature at a given location. The same price might not be feasible at other locations. The 2007 Market Price Referent values adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission can be found at: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/WORD_PDF/FINAL_RESOLUTION/73594.PDF.
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