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Adoption of climate - smart technologies: the case of rural solar electricity in the Pacific Islands

Weir, Anthony D. and Prasad, Shivneel (2013) Adoption of climate - smart technologies: the case of rural solar electricity in the Pacific Islands. In: Climate-Smart Technologies: Integrating Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Mitigation and Adaptation Responses. Springer, Berlin, pp. 379-392. ISBN Print 9783642377525 Online 9783642377532

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The small island developing states of the Pacific suffer from both the high cost of fossil fuel imports and from numerous climate-related disasters. Apart from traditional wood-fuelled cooking, the only substantial uses of RE in the Pacific currently are hydropower in some of the hillier island countries and household photovoltaic systems in rural areas and outer islands. In several Pacific Island countries hundreds of such PV systems have already been installed on individual houses, and more are on the way. Almost all are rated at 100 W or less and are used mainly for lighting but with some battery charging for telecommunications, portable lamps, radios, etc. The main issues for the sustainability of these systems are not so much technical but financial and institutional. The paper reviews these issues as they apply in the Pacific Islands and some of the ways that have been used to address them.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-37753-2_28
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: College of Foundation Studies
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 00:09
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 02:38

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