The Business Case: An Ongoing Discussion
Posted by Coyote on August 10, 2007
One of the goals is to turn space solar power over to the commercial sector as soon as possible. This demands a business case that allows competitive pricing to the consumer for space-based solar power while creating sufficient profit motives for industry. One of our participants asked for the following:
“I want to ask for an separate and identified ongoing discussion of the business case on this web site. That section would need to include an evolving market and financial analysis models. It would be a kind of progress chart towards actually doing the deed.”
So here it is. Please take a look at the preceding thread regarding The Goal for 2050 and the Build Forward and use this to base your estimates.
My suspicion is that government will have to build the 5 MW and 10 MW class systems. This will prepare the industrial base and the resource train for the larger systems to come and this will significantly cut the commercial sector’s start-up costs. (How am I doing so far?) The tipping-point to the commercial sector will likely come when we move to field 1 GW size systems. However, some innovative corporation might step forward to begin investing sooner…thereby setting themselves up to capture the space-based solar power market early on.
Let’s hear from our finance and investment wizards!