Household Solar Adoption: Drivers and Barriers
There is a complex and interconnected system of factors that drive adoption of solar products in the developing world.
Out of thousands of research papers assessed, 43 directly comment on a network of interacting factors including financing options available to households, the quality of the product used in the study, training for user operation, marketing strategies, community involvement, and the presence of product testing or design standards. In addition to the general cost of the product in question, these factors can have an impact on a family’s decision to buy or continue using solar products. As the private sector and aid organizations rapidly move forward with models for rural, distributed energy using efficient and relatively affordable products, there is a continuing need to explore the complex factors that impact the success of solar programs and companies worldwide.
Collaborators: Subhrendu Pattanayak, Alicia Oberholzer, Hannah Girardeau
Publication: Household Solar Adoption in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: A Systematic Review.
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