General Electric is forecasting that solar power could soon be a more affordable than fossil fuels and nuclear power, the company's global research director told Bloomberg.
Bloomberg published its interview with Mark M. Little, the global research director for GE, today. Little said that new technology breakthroughs are making it possible for solar generated electricity to be the most economical choice within the next three to five years.
The sweet spot for solar power to break into residential market is 15 cents a kilowatt-hour or lower, he stated. Bloomberg noted its research that the cost of solar cells has dropped 21 percent since the beginning of this year.
Households in the continental United States paid an average rate of 18.1 cents per hour on the high end and 6.08 on the low end, in 2009, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration. Rates were 15.09 cents per kilowatt-hour in Alaska; Hawaii was the outlier at 21.21 cents.