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Cost/kWh thinking and bifaciality: Two allies for low-cost PV of the future

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By Radovan Kopecek, Ismail Shoukry & Joris Libal, ISC Konstanz

This paper demonstrates that the future of the lowest-cost electricity generation from PV is not all about increasing cell and module efficiencies and minimizing cost/Wp, but rather squeezing the best out of a system using a few simple tricks, such as bifaciality, tracking and ground reflection improvements, to achieve the lowest cost/kWh.

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