Soft Costs of Photovoltaic Systems: Analyses of Non-Hardware Costs


Stefan D. Terrance (Editor)

Series: Energy Policies, Politics and Prices

This book presents results from the first U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored, bottom-up data-collection and analysis of non-hardware balance-of-system costs often referred to as “business process” or “soft” costs for residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems. It quantifies the indirect corporate costs required to install distributed PV systems as well as the transactional costs associated with arranging third-party financing. It accompanies the recent National Renewable Energy Laboratory soft cost benchmarking report (Friedman et al. 2013), which quantifies all the non-hardware balance-of-system costs associated with building a residential or commercial PV system. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Benchmarking Non-Hardware Balance of System (Soft) Costs for U.S. Photovoltaic Systems Using a Data-Driven Analysis from PV Installer Survey Results
(Kristen Ardani, Galen Barbose, Robert Margolis, Ryan Wiser, David Feldman, Sean Ong)

Financing, Overhead, and Profit: An In-Depth Discussion of Costs Associated with Third-Party Financing of Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems
(David Feldman, Barry Friedman, Robert Margolis)

Benchmarking Non-Hardware Balance-of-System (Soft) Costs for U.S. Photovoltaic Systems, Using a Bottom-Up Approach and Installer Survey – Second Edition
(Barry Friedman, Kristen Ardani, David Feldman, Ryan Citron, Robert Margolis)


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