A Review on the Sustainability of Solar Home System for Rural Electrification

Scott-George, A., Li, C. , Tang, Y. K. , Shimul, S., Tareq Bin Ali, M., Marma, A. and Pal, S. (2021) A Review on the Sustainability of Solar Home System for Rural Electrification. In: 6th International Conference on Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering (ICSREE 2021), Strasbourg, France, 5-7 May 2021, 02003. (doi: 10.1051/e3sconf/202129402003)

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For the past 20 years, the solar home system (SHS) has been the dominant means of facilitating energy access for the poorest members of rural communities in the developing world. On paper, SHSs appear to be a sound solution to the difficulties in providing affordable and stable electricity to those likely to be left behind by other approaches. Indeed, evidence to date suggests that use of SHSs has accelerated the global electrification rate. However, there is mounting evidence that the long-term success rate of these systems and their effect on recipient communities is incredibly varied.   Prompted by the results of a survey that uncovered widespread negative experiences amongst SHS users in rural Bangladesh, this study presents the results of a systematic literature review into the existing case studies of global SHS deployments. The search terms and websites used are presented clearly alongside the criteria used to filter results. Having identified a lack of long-term case studies the papers obtained are used to extract insights on the evolving strategy of SHS distribution, the mechanisms of SHS failure and crisis posed therein, and the most exciting areas of research for ensuring that when communities become electrified in future, they stay so. A three-element framework is offered for understanding SHS sustainability; community engagement, affordability, and appropriate maintenance infrastructure.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Li, Professor Chong and Scott-George, Mr Andrew and Tang, Dr Yee Kwan
Authors: Scott-George, A., Li, C., Tang, Y. K., Shimul, S., Tareq Bin Ali, M., Marma, A., and Pal, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Research Group:Microwave and Terahertz Electronics Group
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in ES3 Web of Conferences 294: 02003
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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