Why is Rooftop PV Cheaper in Germany than in the U.S.?

September 1, 2012

Analysis by EMP researchers points to higher “soft costs” as the primary explanation for a wide disparity in the installed costs for residential photovoltaic systems here and in Germany. A comparison of surveys of U.S. and German installers of customer-owned PV suggests higher costs for customer acquisition, permitting, interconnection, inspections, labor rates, taxes and profits.