Where are the Nation’s Lowest Solar Prices? The Lone Star State

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Katherine Tweed for GreenTech Media:Solar customers in Texas were offered the lowest average cost on a per-watt basis compared to other regions in the U.S., according to new data from EnergySage, a comparison-shopping website for solar systems.The average gross cost of a solar energy system was $3.21 per watt, significantly lower than the national average of $3.69 per watt, according to EnergySage’s second Solar Marketplace Intel Report . In the Southwest region, including Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, three-quarters of the quotes were below $3.50 per watt.Despite the low cost of solar in the state, the nine-year payback period in Texas is still slightly higher than the national average of just over eight years, according to EnergySage.On the utility-scale side of the solar market, Texas has seen the cheapest solar bid solicitations to date, yet the distributed solar market in Texas remains stunted due to low natural-gas prices and the lack of net metering in the deregulated market structure.Many of the other trends in the report, which covers all of 2015, were similar to those documented in the previous edition of the biannual report. Solar prices continue to decline, and there is a shift toward owning systems rather than leasing.The trend of owning systems is more pronounced with EnergySage shoppers than it is with customers who choose SolarCity, the leading residential solar installer, which is not a participant in the EnergySage platform.More than 90 percent of EnergySage customers choose to own their own systems, though customer-owned systems constitute less than 40 percent of the national market when all installers are included. SolarCity, however, is in the midst of designing a new,simplified loan product that should push the national average of customer-owned systems higher.Full article: Texas Solar Shoppers Seeing Lowest Prices in the US Where are the Nation’s Lowest Solar Prices? The Lone Star Statelast_img read more