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Title An economic analysis of Georgia's commercial photovoltaic industry
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Degree MS
Discipline/Department Environmental Economics
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher University of Georgia
Abstract This study presents an analysis of the current and potential commercial solar industry in the state of Georgia. Measuring the photovoltaic generating potential across five locations in Georgia provides insights into the feasibility for sustainable energy production. Current state and federal renewable energy programs are considered in the analysis to assess their impact on cost and risk reductions for investments in solar installations. With proper energy purchasing programs combined with available tax credits, the analysis indicates that commercial solar electricity generation can provide positive financial returns on investment.
Subjects/Keywords Photovoltaic
Contributors Greg Colson
Language en
Rights public
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:ugakr.libs.uga.edu:10724/28288
Repository uga
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2016-12-30
Note [degree] MS; [department] Agricultural and Applied Economics; [major] Environmental Economics; [advisor] Greg Colson; [committee] Greg Colson;

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…economic feasibility of commercial photovoltaic energy systems is developed in order to assess, given current technologies, policies, and market conditions, the potential for solar energy to be economically viable in the state of Georgia. While not having…

…an opportunity to alleviate long-term financial tension from utility services and environmental concerns for citizens where solar electricity is generated and consumed. Photovoltaic technologies have the ability to provide electricity to even the most…

…remote locations (Curtis, 2010). Every surface on the earth comes in contact with the energy from the sun. In the areas where photovoltaic and other solar technologies can be utilized, these 5 technologies have the ability to capture the same…

photovoltaic solar systems are eligible for up to two clean energy programs: the Clean Energy Property Tax Credit, Georgia Green Loans & Sustainable Program. These programs are sponsored by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority or the Georgia Public…

…installation for photovoltaic (PV) systems (DSIRE, 2012c; H.B. 346 2011; Georgia Code O.C.G.A. 48-729.14, 2011). This policy took effect in 2008 and is scheduled to expire in 2014 and is available for agricultural, commercial, and…

…CHAPTER 3 FEASIBILITY OF PHOTOVOLTAIC INSTALLATIONS In this chapter, a feasibility analysis of commercial-scale photovoltaic installations across Georgia is developed. We will calculate the net present value for various solar installations across the state…

…x28;10 kW, 50 kW, 100kW, 200 kW, 250 kW, and 500 kW). To compile the specific systems considered in this study, published rankings of the top photovoltaic manufactures were compiled from internet and solar industry magazine sources (Chakraborty…

…2010; Shayle, 2010; Solar Energy Experts; Solar Novus, 2012; Solar Power; Strube, 2010; The PV Panel Guide). The vast majority of the market data consisted of module operational and electrical specifications, photovoltaic module market prices…