CABA Information Series

IS-2008-105: Utility Solar Assessment (USA) Study

Co-op America Foundation has projected that the U.S. generation of solar power could increase from the current 1/10 of 1% to 10% by 2025. The technology would involve a combination of solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) (typically mirrors that focus the sun rays on a collector). Cost projections show prices competitive with conventional power generation within a decade. Price parity is expected by 2015. To achieve these goals utilities must be involved and must implement a smart grid. Environmental and carbon production issues are motivating solar power. Solar can supply peak demands for power. Stable tax incentives are advocated.




















(Adobe PDF File)