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Solar Technology Cost Analysis

NREL’s solar technology cost analysis examines the technology costs and supply chain issues for solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. This work informs research and development by identifying drivers of cost and competitiveness for solar technologies.

An illustration shows the entire silicon solar cell value chain, beginning with a bulk polysilicon and progressing through silicon ingots, wafers, individual solar cells, and entire PV modules.

NREL analysis of manufacturing costs for silicon solar cells includes bottom-up cost modeling for all the steps in the silicon value chain.

Areas of Specialization

Solar Manufacturing Cost Analysis

Solar Installed System Cost Analysis

Solar Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis

Solar Supply Chain and Industry Analysis

Publications

Q2/Q3 2019 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2019)

Q1/Q2 2019 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2019)

Q4 2018/Q1 2019 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2019)

Q2/Q3 2018 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2018)

Q1/Q2 2018 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2018)

Q4 2017/Q1 2018 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2018)

Q3/Q4 2017 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2018)

Q1/Q2 2017 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2017)

Q2/Q3 2017 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2017)

Q4 2016/Q1 2017 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2017)

Q3/Q4 2016 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2016)

Q2/Q3 2016 Solar Industry Update, NREL Presentation (2016)

Estimating the Effects of Module Area on Thin-Film Photovoltaic System Costs, 2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (2018)

Printed interconnections for photovoltaic modules, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells (2017)

Evaluating the Economic Viability of CdTe/CIS and CIGS/CIS Tandem Photovoltaic Modules, Progress in Photovoltaics (2017)

Low-Cost CdTe/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (2017)

Analysis of Glass-Glass CIGS Manufacturing Costs, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells (2016)

Contact

Robert Margolis

Robert.Margolis@nrel.gov | 202-488-2222