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  •  The tariff is still much higher than traditional (1+ / 0-)
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    electrical generation methods.  

    For PV systems installed last month, the feed-in tariff is 0.1535€/kWh, which is roughly the levelized cost of production. That price is guaranteed for the next 20 years.

    This equals 153€/MWh - compare this to the first link in the diary, where the wholesale price of electricity is roughly 38€/MWh.

    While it will certainly be cheaper than coal (taking into account the external costs), the levelized cost of nuclear is still lower.  

    •  No, it is not. (2+ / 0-)
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      translatorpro, citisven

      The feed-in-tariff rates for solar are between just under 10 eurocents and around 15 eurocents, with the 15 cents only being paid for small systems on roofs, and the 10 eurocent rate being paid for the large systems.

      You are picking the highest F.I.T. rate as your basis for comparison, which makes no sense, especially since local rooftop systems help to keep other costs low by reducing the need to upgrade and expand the grid due to their power being close to where the power is consumed.

      And onshore wind power is somewhere around 8 to 9 eurocents, which is cheaper than new nuclear and competitive with new coal.

      Offshore wind power gets a higher rate at somewhere around 15 Eurocents for 12 years, due to the fact that it is still somewhat in its technical infancy and is more expensive to produce.

      So, onshore wind and large-scale solar are now cheaper than new nuclear and new gas and competitive with new coal, while offshore wind and small-scale solar are still priced high.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 06:52:22 AM PDT

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