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Pathways to electricity for all: What makes village-scale solar power successful?
Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3945-0183
Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, Norway.
Independent Energy Consultant, Kenya.
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2018 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, E-ISSN 2214-6326, Vol. 44, p. 32-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents new empirical research on what it takes to provide enduring access to affordable, reliable and useful electricity services for all. We analyze and synthesize the long-term experiences with three different systems for village-scale solar power supply in India, Senegal and Kenya. Since this scale of electricity provision forms part of village infrastructure, it requires particular types of knowledge, policies and support mechanisms. This research therefore investigates how village-scale solar systems can be designed, implemented, sustained and replicated in ways that make them accessible and useful for the community members. Drawing on a socio-technical and practice-oriented approach, we show that the electricity system’s degree of adaptedness to its social context affects many important qualities of the system such as the relevance of the available electricity services for the people, the system’soperational and economic sustainability and the potential for replication. Achieving such adaptation notably requires a flexible approach on the part of implementers, funders and local actors before, during and after implementation. We also show the need for institutionalization of decentralized electricity provision, discuss the current ambiguities in policies, regulations and funding mechanisms for village-scale solar power, and provide recommendations to policy makers and donors.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 44, p. 32-40
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Village-scale solar power, Solar mini-grids, Economic sustainability, Affordable electricity access
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147517DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.04.027ISI: 000444920000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-147517DiVA, id: diva2:1199969
Available from: 2018-04-23 Created: 2018-04-23 Last updated: 2018-10-08Bibliographically approved

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