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of-money factors - if these parameters are applicable - are not included.

Further developments The simple levelised cost of energy analysis applied in the present study can be further refined by replacing the somewhat basic concept of ‘what the PV system owes the client’ with a more detailed net present value analysis, which would also include allowances for several of the variables noted as omissions in the assumptions. We can also note that the cost parity period analysis can be applied to off-grid PV systems, although in this case: 1. A figure would have to be allocated to the electricity tariff the system would displace, if the grid were available at the site; and,

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2. A  figure determined (again by a proper NPV analysis) to add to the notional grid tariff that accounts for all capital costs of getting the grid connected to the site (with a nominal plant lifetime period against which to amortise the capital expenditure).

Conclusion Figure 1 shows that the CPP for a gridconnected PV system occurs far earlier than the typical payback period. The CPP represents the point in time at which the cost of energy from the PV system beats the cost of energy from the electricity grid, and only keeps getting cheaper than grid electricity as time progresses. In this sense, the CPP realises the time when the PV system has demonstrated its true worth, and the client is

in an economically more advantageous position than if they had not installed the PV system. Laros Technologies www.laros.com.au

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