2018-05-08 04:20:27 UTC
Lightsource tracks the retirement of conventional power plants, Ryzhaya said,
and seeks opportunities to backfill that gap with solar and storage. This
combination is particularly attractive when plants retire in dense urban load
pockets, where permitting a new gas plant would be exceptionally difficult.
"We’re going to places like Kentucky and Kansas and Tennessee, and we’re
putting in solar numbers that they haven’t seen," Ryzhaya said. "They still
think solar costs $100 per megawatt-hour in a PPA, and we’re showing them
numbers that are competitive on day one, not to mention over a 20-year term,
and not to mention that there is virtually no opex; there is no fuel risk.
It’s really eye-opening for customers."