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Rooftop Solar Cost Competitive with the Grid in Much of the U.S.

Creative Commons, Mike Baker

December 1, 2014
Scientific American
Can solar power compete with fossil fuels?

Deutsche Bank says that solar electricity in the US is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming that the federal government maintains the 30% solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on installation and equipment costs.

But even if the credit is reduced to 10%, solar power would still achieve price parity with conventional electricity in some 36 states by 2016.

Canada does not have a solar tax credit. 

Mahsa Jamsaz

Mahsa serves as the Vice-Chair of BCSEA Vancouver Chapter and has been a member since 2013.  She is a professional engineer with years of experience in the energy sector, including engineering design and operations within the nuclear, natural gas, and LNG sectors.  Mahsa holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, and a Master's in Clean Energy Engineering from UBC.  She is a nature enthusiast and an advocate of sustainable and healthy living.  She believes sustainability is a state of awareness that can be attained by everyone, and incorporated into energy power plants as well as in our day

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Rosa holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters in Renewable Energy. Originally from Peru, Rosa has also worked in Spain and Canada and has gained diverse experience in architectural design, solar energy, and corporate sustainability.

Rosa has also run her own architectural practice in both Spain and Peru, and has designed solar energy fields and building-integrated photovoltaic systems.

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Tatyana Soboleva is a Co-Chair of BCSEA’s Vancouver Chapter and has been a volunteer since 2013. Tatyana is passionate about sustainable energy technologies and has an extensive international research and development background in the automotive fuel cell sector. She is currently in the position of Supplier Quality Lead at Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC), a Joint Venture of Daimler and Ford, located in Burnaby.

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