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While You Were Getting Worked Up Over Oil Prices, This Just Happened to Solar

Photographer: Chris Sattlberger/Getty Images

Photographer: Chris Sattlberger/Getty Images

Every time fossil fuels get cheaper, people lose interest in solar deployment. That may be about to change.

After years of struggling against cheap natural gas prices and variable subsidies, solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states -- in 2016, according to a Deutsche Bank report published this week. That’s assuming the U.S. maintains its 30 percent tax credit on system costs, which is set to expire that same year.