Solar energy is free, but what does it really cost?

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This article sums up technical obstacles in solar industry.

Figure : Solar panels powering a rural cultural and drama centre, near Auroreville, Pondicherri

Solar energy is free, but it’s not cheap” best sums up the major hurdle for the solar industry. There are no technical obstacles per se to developing solar energy systems, even at the utility megaWatt level (e.g., 14 MW utility scale PV system at Nellis AFB or a 64-MW CSP system in Nevada); however, at such large scales a high initial capital investment is required.

Over the past three decades, a significant reduction of the cost of solar products has occurred, without including environmental benefits; yet, solar power is still considered a relatively expensive technology. For small- and medium-scale uses, in some applications, such as passive solar design for homes, the initial cost of a home designed to use solar power is essentially no more than that of a regular home, and operating costs are much less.

Full article at : EEP

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