|How much does it cost to get solar power (not in
your home, get it in a power plant or whatever)?
How would you find a rate if yo were going to
sell it to people?
|Question Date: 2006-04-21|
After some searching around, I found that solar
power plants cost in the hundreds of millions of
dollars (around $500,000,000) to build.To generate
a lot of solar power, basically what you need is a
lot of land in a sunny place. The largest solar
power plant is in the Mojave Desert in California.
Installing solar panels on one home costs about
$20,000 to$50,000. Many states now offer
discounts to families who want to install solar
panels, so the actual cost is not that high. The
average cost of electricity from coal-burning
power plants is around 10 cents per kilowatt hour.
A kilowatt hour is the amount of energy used if
you leave a 100 watt light bulb turned on for 10
hours. The cost of electricity from a solar power
plant is about 30 cents per kilowatt hour. Many
scientists and engineers are trying to lower this
cost so that more people buy their power from
solar power companies.A good website for reading
about solar power is Wikipedia:
A good website for reading about
the cost of solar power is Solar buzz:
price of buying electricity from solar power
depends on how much the materials for the photo
cells (the parts that turn sunlight into
electricity) cost and how efficient they are. As
the cost goes down and the efficiency goes up, the
price of solar-generated electricity will go down.
I wanted to know what it would cost to have some
solar power in my home once, so I looked on the
web and I found it was very expensive to buy a
unit that would supply only a little bit of solar
power.The prices have come down a lot now with new
solar cells. I think they are starting to use a
less expensive form of silicon that isn't
If you were going to set a
rate for selling solar power, you would need to
consider a lot of things such as how much it would
cost to buy the solar cells and stuff, how long
they would last, how much it would cost for the
employees and the land for the solar cells and the
building[s], how much profit you would want, and
how much people would be willing to pay for solar
power if it was going to be more expensive than
the power they were already getting.
searched for "solar power cost" and found this,
linked to a 2004 article from the Christian
"Though still expensive
compared to commercial power, solar costs have
fallen about 90 percent since the '70s. When
today's $4.50-per-watt cost for solar ..."csmonitor
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