Broad use of energy from the sun offers long-term benefits for the state, says an analysis for the Public Utilities Commission. Will the finding influence the debate over subsidies?
If solar energy gained widespread use in Maine it would have a greater total value than conventional power generation, according to a state-sponsored study that analyzes the costs and benefits of generating power from the sun.
Among the report’s conclusions is that the long-term value of electricity produced from solar panels is roughly 33 cents per kilowatt hour. That’s more than twice the 15 cents or so that most Mainers pay for power that is conventionally generated and delivered on the grid.
More at: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/12/the-value-of-power-solar-goes-sky-high/