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Beyond the Feed-in Tariff: Smart Incentives to Support PV After Grid Parity
J. Gubman
Funding and Incentives, PV Markets, PV System, Strategy, Grid Integration, Market Design
PV - a Major Electricity Source
Subtopic: PV Globalisation, Policies and Administrative Barriers
Event: 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 6EO.1.5
4459 - 4466
ISBN: 3-936338-28-0
Paper DOI: 10.4229/27thEUPVSEC2012-6EO.1.5
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