This is the study that got a lot of press coverage and response from
solar PV advocates in February and March of 2008:
"The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production", Center for the Study of Energy Markets Working Paper #176, University of California Energy Institute, January 2008.
Two of the most detailed and widely circulated critiques are
"Estimates, Guesstimates, Obsolete and Just Plain Wrong" by Bill Powers
"Response to Dr. Severin Borenstein’s January 2008 Paper on the Economics of Photovoltaics in California" by Tom Beach and Patrick McGuire
I have written a lenghty response to those two critiques that also
addresses many of the other criticisms that have appeared.
"Response to Critiques of "The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production''
Many other critics of that January 2008 paper have complained that
I analyzed the overall market economics not the potential gains to an individual
homeowner installing solar PV. I have written a separate paper on
"Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?" Center for the Study of Energy Markets Working Paper #172, University of California Energy Institute, September 2007. (Also Available: A Solar PV Cost Calculator excel file. See the paper for description of its use.)
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