Report | 2010

Executive Summary of Achieving Low-Cost Solar PV: Industry Workshop Recommendations for Near-Term Balance-of-System Cost Reductions

By Eric MaurerSam Newman

The executive summary provides a high-level overview of key technical and process best practices that emerged from RMI’s June 2010 “Solar PV Balance of System” design charrette. BoS costs—all the upfront costs associated with a PV system except the module—account for over half of PV system cost and pose a barrier to widespread adoption. This summary focuses on the recommendations to reduce costs across the PV industry. The full report (RMI document ID 2010-19) and related presentation (RMI document ID 2010-17) are also available.