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Abstract

Much of the discussion around the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation has focused on the costs of PV modules that convert sunlight to electricity. The overall capital cost of a PV system consists of two components: the cost of the modules and the balance-of-systems (BOS) costs. The BOS is a catch-all term to describe everything needed to erect and commission the PV system. The BOS costs include cables, the mounting system, solar inverters, labor costs, permitting costs, and site preparation costs.

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Amro Elshurafa

Research Fellow Amro is a research fellow with 15 years of research experience on three continents in the fields of technology and energy. His… Amro is a research fellow with 15 years of research experience on three continents in the fields of technology and energy. His interests lie in renewable energy policy, particularly technology assessment, cost trends, supply chain development of the solar industry, and how solar energy interacts and affects conventional forms of power generation. Previously, he was a research fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a registered professional engineer in Canada and a senior member of the IEEE. Amro is the author of more than 40 papers and reports and is also the inventor of several patents.

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  • Solar PV
  • Renewable energy policy and microgrids

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Nawaz Peerbocus

Nawaz Peerbocus

Strategy and Planning Director Nawaz is the Strategy and Planning Director who was the program director for Energy Transitions and Electric Power. Before joining… Nawaz is the Strategy and Planning Director who was the program director for Energy Transitions and Electric Power. Before joining KAPSARC, he was chief economist at the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) where he led the strategic transformation project and advised on strategic planning issues. Prior to SEC, Nawaz was director of market strategy at Enbala, and senior economist at the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator.

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