Category: Solar Lighting

Consumer Model

Information/awareness • Awareness dissemination about the new lighting technology in rural communities. • Community awareness program to help people understand how they can help themselves to maintain and use the system. • Awareness program about the viability and reliability of solar powered LED lighting technology. Cost Affordability • If energy hub is used to provide […]

Business Model

Finance Scheme • Financing Institutions need to be educated about the nature, and future potential of renewable energy technologies—particularly local and regional commercial banks. • Increased knowledge about these technologies can stimulate investment, lend­ing, and business. • Rural financing scheme through the village body with adequate safeguards for repayments through peer pressures. A loan will […]

USAID Project in the Philippines

In Philippines, USAID is developing off-grid renewable energy systems in 160 remote rural communities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim dominated Mindanao, through alliance with Mindanao off-grid Renewable Energy [19]. The program addresses specific barriers to widespread adoption of rural energy technologies. The barriers include: 1. Lack of awareness of the costs and benefits of […]

Case Study of Vientiane, Lao PDR

1. Solar home systems and portable solar lamps are rented at prices lower than the expenditure on kerosene for lighting, so that families can save money by switching to solar PV [18]. 2. Uses a carefully selected and trained network of franchises to install and maintain the solar PV equipment, and each franchise trains technicians […]

Case Study of India

In India, 46% of the population, mostly the rural community, has no access to electricity. Fuel-based lighting, Kerosene lamps, are used for illumination, con­tributing to global warming and also causing serious health problems. In this context, solar photovoltaic systems offer a good alternative for electrification in the rural and remote parts of India [16, 17]. […]

Case Study of Egypt and Zimbabwe

Although renewable energy technologies have made progress in Egypt, it has been limited to technology development, demonstrations, and very little commerciali­zation. Effective market penetration of renewable energy technology has been Table 5.5 Case study of Zimbabwe Barrier Causes for barrier Degree of barrier Economic and financial Cost of installation and after-sales services are very high. […]

Case Study of Morocco

The project is to provide 101,500 rural households in all regions of Morocco with photovoltaic kits (75.7 WP (watt peak)) along with the basic installation for domestic electricity use (bulbs, plugs) during the period 2004-2008 to enable them to meet their basic energy needs. Barriers to achieve final goal are listed as [14] 1. Investment […]