File photo.
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Unsubsidized utility-scale solar electricity will become cost-competitive with gas by 2025, according to a report from  Lux Research titled, “Cheap Natural Gas: Fracturing Dreams of a Solar Future.”

It may be that increased gas penetration actually benefits solar, by enabling hybrid gas/solar technologies that can accelerate adoption and increase intermittent renewable penetration without expensive infrastructure improvements, Boston-based Lux Research said in its report.

In a statement, the report’s lead author, Lux Research associate Ed Cahill, said: “On the macroeconomic level, a ‘golden age of gas’ can be a bridge to a renewable future as gas will replace coal until solar becomes cost competitive without subsidies. On the microeconomic level, solar integrated with natural gas can lower costs and provide stable output.”

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