US Solar Plants Now Expected to Run for More Than 30 Years: Berkeley Lab

By [email protected] Big solar plants are getting cheaper to run and expectations for their useful operational lives keep getting longer, according to a new survey of U.S. solar industry professionals.

By the end of 2019, a cumulative total of 76 gigawatts of solar had been installed in the United States, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The learning-by-doing involved with growing the sector is reflected in steadily improving performance benchmarks.

The assumed useful life of projects now averages 32.5 years, up from 21.5 years in 2007, according to a canvass of solar project developers, sponsors, asset owners

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