Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential Solar Photovoltaics (PV), 2017–2030

The installed cost of solar photovoltaics (PV) has fallen rapidly in recent years and is expected to continue declining in the future. In this report, we focus on the potential for continued PV cost reductions in the residential market. From 2010 to 2017, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for residential PV declined from 52 cents per kilowatt-hour (¢/kWh) to 15.1 ¢/kWh (Fu et al. 2017). The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) recently set new LCOE targets for 2030, including a target of 5 ¢/kWh for residential PV. We present a roadmap for achieving the SETO 2030 residential PV target.

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