May 24 WEBCAST: Solar Powered Buildings: Worth Another Look as Prices Fall

May 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM EDT

The photovoltaics industry is reducing the cost of solar energy at a breakneck rate. Prices on solar panels have dropped over 50% in just two years. Projects that seemed unprofitable two years ago are beginning to look pretty good from a return on investment perspective. Combined with improvements in the energy conversion efficiency of the latest generation of cells, the cost roadmap for PV electricity suggests it will continue flourishing when government incentives are withdrawn.

What does all this mean to building owners? Is solar becoming a cost-competitive technology? What are the business models available from vendors and installers to reduce or eliminate large up-front costs?

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