Utility-Scale Solar: Empirical Trends in Project Technology, Cost, Performance and PPA Pricing in the United States- 2018 Edition

September 20, 2018

We are pleased to release the 2018 edition of Berkeley Lab’s Utility-Scale Solar report, which presents analysis of empirical project-level data from the U.S. fleet of ground-mounted solar projects with capacities exceeding 5 MW-AC. While focused on key developments in 2017, this report explores trends in deployment and project design, installed project prices, operating costs, capacity factors, power purchase agreement (PPA) prices, and the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) among both utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) projects.

The full Utility-Scale Solar report, along with an accompanying summary slide deck, a data file, a number of interactive data visualizations, and a recording of this webinar can be found at utilityscalesolar.lbl.gov.