Assuming a generous capacity factor of 0.25, that is still just a normalized $2.8/W. Then add in the price of a battery for frequency control and other ancillary services. Still not up to $4/W, so SMRs can only compete in the backup market.
Once again, we see that so-called renewables plus some nuclear provide an attractive option for generating to the grid.
"What Is More Effective Emissions-Wise, Solar Panels Or Trees?"
Sales spin! When given the choice of being connected to the grid or solar energy, Indian villagers emphatically opt for the grid.
Groundwater levels are sinking throughout the Indian subcontinent. Villagers concerned to stave off catastrophe blame tree plantations for drawing off the precious water. As for storing carbon forever, the trees would more likely be commandeered by the villagers for a cooking fuel superior to cow dung.
Talking about vertical PV. This seems like an interesting concept, bifacial panels vertically mounted. It generates at a higher capacity factor and dual peaks that closer match the demand of morning and evening spikes.