Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

DOE’s SunShot Initiative Will Lower Solar PV Costs to $.06 p/kWh by 2020

by Brent Sauser


I confess that I believe in smaller government and that most everything the government touches automatically requires more and more money to render ineffective and useless. If it isn’t working as intended, the government usually throws more of our tax dollars at it. It’s hard not to be cynical or view what government claims they can do with a jaundiced eye.

However, we need to be careful with using such a broad brush. Not everything the government touches turns to compost. In fact, for the past few years the DOE has been hard at work in collaboration with industry and universities on what is called “The SunShot Initiative. Their mission is to create solar PV that will produce renewable power at $.06 per kWh, bringing it into power parity with all major power utilities. They hope to reach their goal by the year 2020, but are ahead of schedule. They claim they have reached the 60% milestone and are confident they will reach the $.06 goal prior to the end of the decade.  That is good news for all of us.  

CLICK HERE for more information regarding the SunShot Solar PV Initiative.


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