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Solar power needs a more ambitious cost target

Solar power is increasingly economical, but its value to the grid decreases as its penetration grows, and existing technologies may not remain competitive. We propose a mid-century cost target of US$0.25 per W and encourage the industry to invest in new technologies and deployment models to meet it.

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Figure 1: Estimates of the falling long-term value of solar PV as penetration increases.
Figure 2: Historical learning curve for PV modules.


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