Estimated unsubsidized levelized cost of energy in the U.S. by technology 2020

This statistic shows the estimated unsubsidized levelized costs for generation technologies in the United States in 2020, by energy technology. During this time, the levelized cost of community solar PV systems had a low estimate of 63 U.S. dollars per megawatt to a high estimate of 94 U.S. dollars per megawatt. Potential social and environmental externalities and reliability-related considerations were not taken into account.

Estimated unsubsidized levelized costs of energy generation in the U.S. in 2020, by technology

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Release date

October 2020


United States

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Supplementary notes

Estimates assumes 60% debt at 8% interest rate and 40% equity at 12% cost for both conventional and Alternative Energy generation technologies.

* The low end represents a single-axis tracking system and the high end represents a fixed-tilt system.
** The analysis herein does not reflect decommissioning costs, ongoing maintenance-related capital expenditures or the potential economic impacts of federal loan guarantees or other subsidies.
*** High end incorporates 90% carbon capture and compression. Does not include cost of transportation and storage.

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