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Photovoltaic applications in rural areas of the developing world (English)

Concurrently with the falling costs of photovoltaic (PV) systems, experience grows in their practical use in the developing world, which currently provides increased electrical services in rural, and peri-urban areas in many developing countries. However, the limitations, and problems of PV technology is prevalent, and programs for its dissemination need to be based on economic, and technical certainty. This report examines the rural energy context within which PV programs must fit. The first chapter reviews the present position of PV technology, and briefly describes the kits, and systems commercially available for use in the rural areas of the developing world. The second chapter examines the rural energy background, describing how people manage to meet their energy needs, across the areas that remain untouched by conventional rural electrification programs. The fourth chapter looks at the potential niches for PVs, and how they compare in cost, and level of service with their competition. A brief review of PV experience, and the lessons learned is given in the fifth chapter, and, the final chapter looks at the role of governments, and funding agencies. The report provides the necessary background information, and, highlights the questions to be asked, and the calculations to be made whenever PV applications are considered in the developing world.


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Photovoltaic applications in rural areas of the developing world (English). Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) ; technical paper no. 009 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.