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See also Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research, Europe: Energy: Alternative Energy, October 16, 2006. 26 Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research, Europe: Energy: Alternative Energy, October 16, 2006. 27 Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research, Global: Energy: Alternative Energy, “Takeaways from our 2nd Annual Alternative Energy Conference”, May 11, 2007. 28 Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research, Global: Energy: Alternative Energy, “Initiating on three solar companies”, April 24, 2007. 29 US Department of Energy.
These incentives help offset the high generation costs associated with solar energy. See Exhibit 3 for further detail regarding the relatively generation costs per MWh. The Residential Solar and Fuel Cell Tax Credit establishes a 30% tax credit, up to $2,000, for the purchase and installation of residential solar electric and solar water heating technology. The Business Energy Tax Credit is also set at 30% of expenditures for solar technologies, fuel cells, and solar hybrid lighting. Solar energy also benefits from the Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System.
In the UK, targets include 10% of electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 2010 and 5% of transport fuels from biofuels by 2010. Various incentives have been used by individual European member states, principally feed-in tariffs, tax credits, and subsidies. Feed-in Tariffs: Eighteen EU member states have adopted some form of feed-in tariff. 72 Tariffs vary by technology, plant size, and location. , Finland), but the tariffs remain the primary incentive. Exhibit 21 shows policies in various jurisdictions in Europe and elsewhere.