Utility-Scale Solar: Empirical Trends in Project Technology, Cost, Performance, and PPA Pricing in the United States – 2019 Edition

January 9, 2020


The 2019 edition of Berkeley Lab’s "Utility-Scale Solar" report (https://emp.lbl.gov/utility-scale-solar/) 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 2018, this report explores trends in deployment and project design, installed project prices, operating costs, capacity factors, power purchase agreement (PPA) prices, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE), and solar's wholesale market value 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.

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