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Leading the way toward fuel parity in photovoltaics: The utility-scale market in Sicily, Italy

  • Authors: Viola, F.; Miceli, R.; DI DIO, V.; Massi Pavan, A.; Sulligoi, G.; Lughi, V.; Pauli, F.
  • Publication year: 2016
  • Type: Proceedings (TIPOLOGIA NON ATTIVA)
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The global photovoltaic (PV) market has been growing exponentially since almost twenty years. This huge demand for photovoltaic systems has been mainly driven by public subsidies in the form of a variety of national incentive schemes. However, in Countries where successful incentive schemes have been pioneered and are now - as planned - being brought to an end, the PV market is called to the challenge of surviving without any incentive to the end user. Grid and fuel-parity represent the keystone of this emerging new phase in the history of this renewable energy technology. In this paper we present a sensitivity analysis showing that in Sicily, Italy, the Levelized Cost of Energy from utility-scale PV plants is already competitive - if not even cheaper - with that from conventional power plants