Meeting Archive:
Utility-Scale Solar: Empirical Trends in Project Technology, Cost, Performance and PPA Pricing in the United States- 2018 Edition

Meeting Description:
We are pleased to release the 2018 edition of Berkeley Lab’s Utility-Scale Solar report, which presents analysis of empirical project-level data from the U.S. fleet of ground-mounted solar projects with capacities exceeding 5 MW-AC. While focused on key developments in 2017, this report explores trends in deployment and project design, installed project prices, operating costs, capacity factors, power purchase agreement (PPA) prices, and the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) among both utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) projects.

The full Utility-Scale Solar report, along with an accompanying summary slide deck, a data file, a number of interactive data visualizations, and a recording of this webinar can be found at

Date: Thu, Sep 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Mark Bolinger, Joachim Seel
 Presenter Information
Mark Bolinger
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Mark Bolinger is a Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Mark conducts research and analysis on renewable energy, with a focus on cost, benefit, and market analysis as well as renewable energy policy analysis and assistance.

Since joining LBNL, Mark has authored or co-authored more than 150 reports and articles, including 16 articles published in seven different archival journals.  Mark regularly presents the findings of his work to national audiences, and in 2010 was invited to testify before the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives as part of a hearing on energy tax incentives.

Mark holds a masters degree in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelors degree from Dartmouth College.

Joachim Seel
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Dr. Joachim (Jo) Seel is a Scientific Engineering Associate at the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on solar and wind market developments, the integration of high shares of intermittent and distributed renewable generation into the electricity grid, and associated effects on electricity markets. He presented in front of the California Governor, the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and at academic and industry conferences.

Joachim Seel holds a PhD and MS of Energy and Resources and a Master in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. A native of Hamburg, Jo came to the Bay Area from the international Jacobs University in Germany, where he studied environmental policies and international relations.