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New business models and cutting red tape keys to further solar energy growth
Solar power technology continues to ramp up in performance and drop in price.
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Innovative business models and cutting red tape are necessary for the solar energy sector to continue to grow. Solar power technology continues to ramp up in performance and drop in price.
Today, the soft costs—permitting, financing, installation—are making up more than half of the price tag, according to the Department of Energy. Rules for what you can put on your rooftop, inspection certificates, and interconnection fees all vary among cities, counties, and states, adding complexity and costs for solar installers.