Listen Up: Paperwork Makes Solar Much More Expensive

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feature-0-1430142269749.jpg Eight years ago I was puzzled as to why residential solar installations were $2.50/watt cheaper in Germany compared to the U.S. Perfect excuse for a road trip — so after meetings with installers and visiting job sites in Germany, I finally discovered the reason. It wasn't the beer, but the paperwork and associated regulations. Unfortunately, the price gap is still about the same: a typical 4,000 watt residential system costs about $10,000 in Germany compared to $20,000 in the U.S.

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