Economics of Photovoltaics in Municipalities

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    Two frequently encountered misconceptions among potential urban users of photovoltaic (PV) systems are that their value lies in offsetting conventional fuel use and that the systems are only cost-effective in relatively unpopulated rural areas where kilometers of line extension are needed to provide electricity. This paper provides sseveral examples showing that not only is PV used widely inurban areas for applications such as traffic control, emergency warning and communications systems, flood control, irrigation, and lighting, but that PV is selected because its installed cost is less than the cost of connection to the local utility. PV can compete well in urban situations. However, all cost factors should be weighed by planners or engineers when considering the use of either PVor utility power for remote urban or rural applications.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages5
    StatePublished - 1997
    EventSolar 96: 1996 American Solar Energy Society Annual Conference - Asheville, North Carolina
    Duration: 13 Apr 199618 Apr 1996


    ConferenceSolar 96: 1996 American Solar Energy Society Annual Conference
    CityAsheville, North Carolina

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-411-20701


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