Making the Commitment: Solar Makes Math Cents

By Joseph Vaughn-Perling, Specialist, Design, Development and Consultancy, BT Americas

The BT Solar initiative was just the pinch I needed to incent me to do the math with the current prices on solar panels, incentives, interest rates, etc.

As an efficiency enthusiast, the economics of it were very compelling.  As it turned out, the solar panels paid for them self in the first month after installation.

In my situation it was a perfect storm.  I had some roof work to do, needed to refinance my home loan to take advantage of better interest rates and have a high energy …

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Raising our Expectations of the Business Case for Solar

I have been involved in a couple of discussions recently about solar photovoltaic (PV) and how the business case can be improved. The business case works in some locations, but in many it doesn’t.

In these discussions, we talk about taking a percentage point off the costs here and there, and whether thin film technology might cost less.  Once you have a solar installation you don’t have the carbon reductions unless you buy the renewable energy certificates (RECs). So we also talk about the price and validity of RECs.

It seems to me that we are setting our sights too …

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