Risk adjusted financial costs of photovoltaics

Szabó, Sándor, Jäger-Waldau, Arnulf and Szabó, László (2010) Risk adjusted financial costs of photovoltaics. Energy Policy, 38 (7). pp. 3807-3819. DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2010.03.001

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Recent research shows significant differences in the levelised photovoltaics (PV) electricity cost calculations. The present paper points out that no unique or absolute cost figure can be justified, the correct solution is to use a range of cost figures that is determined in a dynamic power portfolio interaction within the financial scheme, support mechanism and industry cost reduction. The paper draws attention to the increasing role of financial investors in the PV segment of the renewable energy market and the importance they attribute to the risks of all options in the power generation portfolio. Based on these trends, a former version of a financing model is adapted to project the energy mix changes in the EU electricity market due to investors behaviour with different risk tolerance/aversion. The dynamic process of translating these risks into the return expectation in the financial appraisal and investment decision making is also introduced. By doing so, the paper sets up a potential electricity market trend with the associated risk perception and classification. The necessary risk mitigation tasks for all stakeholders in the PV market are summarised which aims to avoid the burden of excessive risk premiums in this market segment.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:megújuló energia, napenergia
JEL classification:Q40 - Energy: General
Divisions:Faculty of Business Administration > Institute for Environmental Science > Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research
Subjects:Energy economy
ID Code:2740
Deposited By: Péter Kotek
Deposited On:06 Apr 2017 10:36
Last Modified:06 Apr 2017 10:36

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