Title: Is Solar Electricity in Europe Expensive?
Citation: Proceedings of the 20th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition p. 2865-2868
Publisher: WIP - Renewable Energies
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC31324
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC31324
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: We present estimates of the cost of solar electricity produced by photovoltaic installations in Europe using a geographical information system. Data on the monthly and yearly solar irradiation are combined with estimates for the cost of acquiring,financing and running PV systems. Two case studies are presented: a small (domestic) system (less than 5kWp) and a larger (power) system (1MWp and more). The costs of PV electricity are compared to some existing feed-in tariffs and to simple estimates of end-user electricity prices (for small domestic systems) and estimates of peak-load electricity prices (for larger power systems).
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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