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Frost & Sullivan: With Competitive Costs, Solar Power Emerges From The Shadow Of Conventional Energy In The U.S.

Though this has led to higher adoption, investment figures have not gone up, as the average selling price of solar PV modules continues to decline.

Further, restrictions in project financing could limit investors, such as uncertainty around the extension of cash grants beyond March 1, 2013, as these are an investment tax credit substitute for developers. Since many solar project developers do not have tax liabilities large enough to efficiently capture the full amount of tax credits available, they have to rely on tax equity partners for finances.

"To be willing to fund these projects, banks and investors must be confident that a power plant will operate long enough to return their investment," explained Benedetti. "Therefore, well-established project developers using proven technologies will have an advantage in obtaining financing."

Federal incentives such as investment tax credits and loan programs will continue to promote large-scale commercialization of solar energy, and boost the setting up of solar plants in the United States.

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