Solar PV Electricity… from Dreamer's Paradise to Everyday Electricity

March 16, 2009 - 9:00pm to 10:00pm

From: Gordon Howell, Howell-Mayhew Engineering

"I would like to let you know of a presentation that I am giving on the economics of solar electricity on Monday in Calgary. Details below

Topic: Solar PV Electricity… from Dreamer's Paradise to Everyday Electricity
Gordon Howell, P.Eng., Howell-Mayhew Engineering
Parking: C-Train, or parking off 32 Avenue NW
Cost: Free presentation and discussion. No need to register.
Who: Open to the public.
Sponsor: UofC, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment & Economy (ISEEE), Energy & Environment Systems Group (EESG)
For more information: Shannon Katusa, phone 403 220 8872.

Abstract: The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity continues its march downwards. Its global market has been growing at 43% per year for the last 15 years. Nominal price reductions are ~10% per year. Huge new silicon foundries and module factories are expected to reduce the cost by 30% by 2011. The PV module manufacturing price barrier of USD$1/W has just been broken. Solar PV manufacturers now say that the price of solar PV energy will be on par with grid electricity by 2015.

As we approach this solar tipping point, what can this mean to us? What is possible? What big factors affect the price of solar PV energy? Subsidies? Interest rates? Environmental values? Government policies? What challenges does solar PV face in Alberta ­ organisational, technical, policy, perceptions, old paradigms, territory, environmental, training? Is it just possible that…"


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