Chapter 11. Levelized Cost of Energy for Utility-Scale Photovoltaics

  1. Lewis Fraas2 and
  2. Larry Partain3
  1. Matthew Campbell

Published Online: 4 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470636886.ch11

Solar Cells and their Applications, Second Edition, Second Edition

Solar Cells and their Applications, Second Edition, Second Edition

How to Cite

Campbell, M. (2010) Levelized Cost of Energy for Utility-Scale Photovoltaics, in Solar Cells and their Applications, Second Edition, Second Edition (eds L. Fraas and L. Partain), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470636886.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    JX Crystals Inc., Issaquah, WA, USA

  2. 3

    Varian Medical Systems, Mountain View, CA, USA

Author Information

  1. Utility Power Plant Products, SunPower Corporation, Richmond, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 11 OCT 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Microwave and Optical Engineering

Book Series Editors:

  1. Kai Chang

Series Editor Information

  1. Texas A&M University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470446331

Online ISBN: 9780470636886

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Keywords:

  • levelized cost of energy (LCOE) - for utility-scale photovoltaics;
  • LCOE variables for utility-scale PV;
  • PV power plant operating expenses

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Drivers of the LCOE for Utility-Scale PVs

  • Introduction to LCOE

  • Major LCOE Inputs

  • The LCOE Model Sensitivity

  • LCOE Variables for Utility-Scale PV

  • Initial PV Power Plant Investment

  • PV Power Plant Operating Expenses

  • System Residual Value

  • Sunpower's LCOE Forecasting Tool

  • Conclusions

  • Abbreviations

  • References