19 thoughts on “Solar Panel Prices Continue Falling Quicker Than Expected (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

  1. SasquatchBandit February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    and the time australia knew there was a market it was already sewn up.
    well done again australia on missing out on every tech opportunity in your entire history!!!

  2. aught-o-mat February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    These are cells primarily from China, right?

    Will Trump’s proposed tariffs undermine the benefits of reduced prices?

  3. godlameroso February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    40 cents a watt, it takes 4kw to run a central AC unit. That’s $1,600 plus wiring and another $1,500 for the inverter, then another $2,000 for batteries and control electronics. That’s not bad, for ~$6,000 you can run your cooling with sun energy. If you have the real estate it could be a good option, I imagine this isn’t an option for people who live in condos.

  4. SC2sam February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    While it might seem good, there is an actual reason for the massive price drop. China has been attempting to stomp out any and all manufacturing competition. They achieve this by flooding the market with sub standard solar cells at reduced prices sometimes even losing money with it. This manipulates the market by preventing any other companies from being able to make their own cells due to the lack of sustainability(chinese manufacturers are backed by the chinese government and so can lose money almost indefinitely), and it causes people to assume a much lower life of solar cells since chinese cells have much less QA.

    The US also has it’s own massive issues in regards to adopting renewable energy projects. The biggest problem and what has been keeping renewable’s down in the nation is the obscene price of installations for solar/other projects. Installers in general have been ripping off customers with prices that are anywhere between 10-20x the cost of the items itself. Meaning that even though the entire solar project only costs $2,000 for parts/materials the installer will charge the customer well over $20,000 for it all which makes it available to very few people.

    The other major issue is the fact that people have been falsely educated on the complexity, price, ease of use, etc…. of adopting solar/other renewable’s. People continuously spout off false information that installing solar/other is too complex or dangerous to do and so people become willing to actually pay those exaggerated prices. In reality though thanks to the massive advancements in technology, installing solar is extremely easy to do and safe as well. It’s to the point that all you need to really do is have a drill and or screwdriver and to just remember to plug everything in properly. Even staying on grid has become simple through the use of grid-tie inverters which can allow your power meter to flow backwards which means you are selling power to the power company.

  5. Bad-Science February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Instead of a tariff on imports, would it have been better to subsidize solar produced for domestic use so it matched or undercut the foreign prices?

    That would have fueled the industry even more instead of putting the brakes on.

  6. ozman912 February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Good news
    Cheap clean energy for the masses while not completely destroying the earth. how can anyone besides big corporations be against this?

  7. anonymous-coward February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Where can one buy solar panels for 41 cents a watt?

    The cheapest I see are $0.80 a watt. (gogreensolar.com) The typical price seems to be a dollar or two a watt, including Home Depot.

    I understand that the retail prices should be somewhat more than the 41 cent price quoted, but why is nobody selling for 41 cents a watt plus 20% profit?

  8. dbuckley February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Solar panel prices are already extraordinarily cheap, panel prices are not the problem. The problem is, (added) *in the context for rooftop solar*, doing something that is beneficial to the grid with their output, so as to actually get a return on investment. And at the moment, that requires subsides, and the rort that is net meetering.

    And, right on cue, enter Elon Mussk, stage left, with the plan to put up not a whole lot of useless (in grid terms) rooftop PV, but to build a 250MW power plant, that is a useful thing, that just happens to be composed fo 50,000 rooftop PV systems with storage. A *virtual* power plant, as instead of being in one building, it is scattered over thousands of buildings. And because this is a “proper”, dispatchable power plant, albeit with a particular set of characteristics, it can sell its services on the open market for real money.

    [FAQs here](http://ourenergyplan.sa.gov.au/virtual-power-plant).

  9. supama_devu February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    This super,super great news, I mean cheaper and cleaner energy , who’s opposed to that ?

    Hope the price keep getting lower,while the efficiency go higher. Let’s hope a mega giant group doesn’t start buying this co’s and start rising the prices.

  10. president2016 February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    So if prices are continuing to fall, why would I invest in my own at this time when I could get them for cheaper if I wait?

  11. D_estroy February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Someone get this lady an editor.

  12. RedSquirrelFtw February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    This is great. Hope it continues! And hope governments don’t clamp down on it too soon, like wanting to implement a solar tax or something. I could see them wanting to mess with it because it’s what they do when new things start to take off.

    I’ve been toying with putting some panels on my roof for a while. I live up north so it’s dark most of the time here and snows a lot (though way less than it did before, due to global warming), but I figure it would still help somewhat. I’d probably put my server room on it, and maybe some misc outlets around the house. Hydro prices are through the roof here, so I imagine it would make a difference over time.

  13. Endarkend February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Must be because of the heavy competition from clean coal …


  14. mkmlls743 February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    The sun is millions of times bigger than the planet. Our entire planet could be made out of nuclear oil and we would still be smarter and more efficient to use solar panels and the sun. Literally very basic math.

  15. noreally_bot1000 February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    I’m glad to hear that prices are falling, and they are falling quicker than expected — but how come every time I’ve checked to see what it will actually cost to put up some solar panels and install some batteries, the answer is always $20,000 ?

  16. DeepDishPi February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Uh-oh, we’re gonna need a bigger tariff to make coal great again.

  17. Qlanger February 12, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    For now they are but the new Tariffs will change that sooner than later.

    So if you are on the fence may want to buy sooner than later.

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