U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System Cost Benchmark: Q1 2018

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


NREL has been modeling U.S. photovoltaic (PV) system costs since 2009. This report benchmarks costs of U.S. solar PV for residential, commercial, and utility-scale systems built in the first quarter of 2018 (Q1 2018). Our methodology includes bottom-up accounting for all system and project-development costs incurred when installing residential, commercial, and utility-scale systems, and it models the capital costs for such systems.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages63
StatePublished - 2018

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-72399


  • cost model
  • photovoltaic
  • PV
  • solar


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