Solar significantly beating even cheapest fossil fuels on price, IRENA study finds

Jun 24, 2021 11:24 AM ET
  • The quantity of renewable energy that came in more affordable than one of the most affordable nonrenewable fuel source alternative doubled last year, according to brand-new evaluation from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Solar significantly beating even cheapest fossil fuels on price, IRENA study finds
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In total amount, 62% (162GW) of renewable power added last year was developed at a cost less than the cheapest fossil fuels, driven by the falling expense of eco-friendly modern technologies. The Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2020 report claimed solar PV costs went down an additional 7% last year.

" Today, renewables are the most inexpensive source of power," stated IRENA's director-general Francesco La Camera. "Renewables present countries linked to coal with an economically attractive phase-out schedule that ensures they fulfill growing energy demand, while conserving expenses, adding jobs, increasing development as well as meeting climate aspiration."

Over the years 2010-2020, the price of power from solar has plunged by 85% for solar PV. As well as with record low prices for US$ 0.011-0.03 c/kWh today, solar PV undercuts the most inexpensive new coal alternative without any monetary assistance, claimed the report.

The report also showed that renewables have a reduced operating expense than coal plants. Today, over 800GW of the globe's operating coal power capacity is more pricey to run than solar PV.

Broken down better, in the United States 61% (149GW) of overall coal capacity costs more than renewable power. In India, 141GW of coal is extra expensive. And in Germany, no existing coal plant has a lower operating cost than that of brand-new solar PV.

In a similar way, a recent report from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems verified that solar plants in Germany have considerably lower levelised cost of power (LCOE) than conventional power plants.

How solar is beating coal in Germany

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has actually offered the fifth edition of its research study on the levelised expense of power (LCOE) of renewable power plants in Germany. Trick takeaways include:

  • The LCOE from PV plants has remained to fall given that the last report in 2018
  • The LCOE of PV varied from EUR0.031-0.1101 c/kWh (US$ 0.037-0.132 c/kWh).
  • Today the LCOE of crossbreed PV-battery systems ranges from EUR0.0524-0.198 c/kWh.
  • In 2021, the LCOE of renewables is at the very same degree as conventional nuclear power plant.
  • Projections up to 2040 showed that the LCOE for ground-mounted PV systems will certainly be EUR0.019-0.035 c/kWh.
  • By 2040, system expenses are expected to fall listed below EUR350/kW for ground-mounted PV.

In the last decade, the 534GW of renewable ability included arising economic climates (at reduced costs than coal) is reducing power expenses by US$ 32 billion yearly.

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