Solar Energy: Urban first, rural later

Nathan, Hippu Salk Kristle (2015) Solar Energy: Urban first, rural later. SANDEE research blog, 12 March 2015.

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Abstract: In India we rarely see solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in urban settings. Few commercial buildings, industries or government institutions in city areas can boast of solar panels on their rooftops. Solar PV electricity is costlier than the conventional grid option, which might explain why even rich urban households do not use solar. However, despite their generally lower capacity to pay some rural homes end up deploying solar PV systems, thanks to government subsidies. But subsidies do not come with the sort of support that is needed to keep such systems working. Review studies show that these systems fail in villages, primarily due to glitches in maintenance: parts are difficult to come by and expensive, and technical skills are lacking. In my view, pushing costly electricity for rural folks while urbanites are fed with cheap power is neither a fair nor sound strategy
Item Type: In the Media
Subjects: School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Energy
Divisions: Schools > Natural Sciences and Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 11:30
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 11:30
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