Energy, Economic, and Environmental Benefits of the Solar America Initiative

Robert Margolis, Robert Margolis (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


The President's Solar America Initiative (SAI) was launched in January 2006 as part of the administration's Advanced Energy Initiative. The SAI is being led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP), with NREL providing analytical and technical support. The SAI has a goal of installing 5-10 GW of photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States by 2015 and70-100 GW of PV systems in the United States by 2030. To make PV cost-competitive with other energy resources, this requires that the installed cost of PV fall from approximately $8/Wdc in 2005 to $3.3/Wdc in 2015 and $2.5/Wdc in 2030. This report presents estimates of the potential energy, economic, and environmental benefits that could result should the SAI PV installation goals be achieved.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages58
StatePublished - 2007

Bibliographical note

Work performed by ECONorthwest, Portland, Oregon

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-640-41998


  • advanced energy initiative
  • economic benefits
  • energy benefits
  • environmental benefits
  • photovoltaics (PV)
  • PV
  • SAI
  • Solar America Initiative
  • solar energy technology program


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