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Social, cultural and policy issues of the application of remote area off-grid photovoltaic

Urmee, T. (2014) Social, cultural and policy issues of the application of remote area off-grid photovoltaic. In: Solar 2014 Conference and Expo, 8 - 9 May, Melbourne, Australia

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Globally, the PV market is growing rapidly with a total installed capacity of more than 100GW at this time. Many of the existing PV electrification projects fall short of expectations by not meeting their objectives. A lot of these projects have not taken into account the social and cultural issues of the community, nor its future development. Experience from other programs suggested that, to implement a solar PV system, the people have to understand and accept its reliability compared to the unreliability of the grid. Cultural acceptance is a “must” to make the project work successfully over a long time, thereby improving the project’s sustainability. It is emphasised that we should include community participation while working on electricity access. If the community is not involved, people will not take on projects to support them as their own. It is also important to define a community, its characteristics and limits, and to identify the local legitimised decision-making process. An analysis of the community’s perspective would help our understanding in developing project. This paper explains the social, cultural and policy issues of remote area PV applications in the light of current projects in developing countries.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
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