Economic Analysis of Leaving the Grid

  • Kaveh Rajab Khalilpour
  • Anthony Vassallo
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


The recent rapid decline in PV prices has brought grid parity or near-grid parity for PV power in many countries. Together with the expectation of a similar reduction for battery prices, this situation has prompted a new wave of social, industrial, and academic discussion about the possibility of installing PV-Battery systems and “leaving the grid” or “living off-grid.” This trend, if uncontrolled, has been termed the “death spiral” for utility companies. In this chapter, we utilize a rigorous optimization methodology to assess the feasibility of leaving the grid.


Electricity Price Grid Independence Battery System Electricity Tariff Battery Size 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaveh Rajab Khalilpour
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  • Anthony Vassallo
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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