What are the greatest opportunities for PV to contribute to rural development?

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Title: What are the greatest opportunities for PV to contribute to rural development?
Authors: Sandwell, P
Ekins-Daukes, N
Nelson, J
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: Minigrid systems powered by solar photovoltaics and battery storage are being deployed around the world to provide basic energy access and facilitate economic development. We use a minigrid simulation and optimisation tool that we have developed to assess various minigrid options in meeting the growing electricity demand of a community in rural Uttar Pradesh, India, in terms of the reliability of the service they provide, the cost of electricity, and total greenhouse gas emissions. We assess the breakeven distance at which off-grid minigrids are favourable in comparison to extending an unreliable grid network with a minigrid backup system, both with and without a carbon price. We suggest that policy recommendations that would encourage the use of minigrids for sustainable rural development, for example allowing subsidies to be available for system expansions and minimum service reliability requirements.
Editors: Aberle, AG
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2017
Date of Acceptance: 17-Apr-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/64570
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.09.416
ISSN: 1876-6102
Publisher: Elsevier Science BV
Start Page: 139
End Page: 146
Journal / Book Title: Proceedings of the SNEC 11th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition, SNEC 2017 Scientific Conference
Volume: 130
Copyright Statement: © 2017 The Authors. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
Conference Name: SNEC 11th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference and Exhibition (SNEC)
Keywords: Science & Technology
Energy & Fuels
Rural development
rural electrification
greenhouse gas emissions
Publication Status: Published
Start Date: 2017-04-17
Finish Date: 2017-04-20
Conference Place: Shanghai, China
Open Access location: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876610217345101
Online Publication Date: 2017-10-17
Appears in Collections:Physics
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Centre for Environmental Policy

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