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Appraisal of success of Solar Home Systems

Holtorf, H., Pryor, T., Urmee, T. and Calais, M. (2011) Appraisal of success of Solar Home Systems. In: Small PV-Applications, Rural Electrification and Commercial Use, OTTI Symposium, 6 - 7 June, Ulm, Germany

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Abstract

Solar Home Systems (SHS), consisting of a PV-generator, a battery charge controller and a battery, are considered an option to supply basic electricity dependent energy services to rural households in un-electrified regions of sunbelt countries. In some countries, e.g. Bangladesh, SHSs are considered to be successful. In other countries the introduction and implementation of SHSs seems to have failed.

Success of Solar Home Systems is related to multiple dimensions such as the user, the socioeconomic status of the implementation region, ecological impact and social benefit.

The paper outlines a methodology for researching SHS’s success. It proposes a conceptualized model for success of SHSs. Within this framework success is based on sub-dimensions. The sub-dimensions of success are related to SHS’s stakeholders and are dependent on a range of success factors. Indicators and parameters that can be quantified to measure success are presented.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/11001
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