Technical sustainability of solar PV institutions: results from a field survey of 43 sites in Malawi

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Abstract

With grid connection rates in Malawi at 9% (5% for rural population) and 87% of primary schools lacking electricity, future connection for a significant share of the remaining schools through off-grid means is a plausible scenario. However, sustainability of off-grid community energy projects at public institutions in Malawi has historically been described as poor. Existing knowledge is largely anecdotal and quantitative data of any sort for off-grid installations is lacking. Efforts to document project existence and what has been effective have mildly improved recently, but this has not included in-depth sustainability analysis . Despite these efforts, it is thought that many more systems and their performance go undocumented. Thus, in 2014 a study was funded by the Scottish Government within the MREAP programme to capture sustainability factors for 43 off-grid solar PV projects at public institutions dispersed throughout Malawi.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th Symposium Small PV-Applications 2015
Subtitle of host publicationRural Electrification and Commercial Use
Pages116-121
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Event4th Symposium Small PV-Applications - Munich, Germany
Duration: 9 Jun 201510 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference4th Symposium Small PV-Applications
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period9/06/1510/06/15

Keywords

  • off-grid
  • Malawi
  • photovoltaic
  • solar power

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    Dauenhauer, P., Frame, D., & Strachan, S. (2015). Technical sustainability of solar PV institutions: results from a field survey of 43 sites in Malawi. In 4th Symposium Small PV-Applications 2015: Rural Electrification and Commercial Use (pp. 116-121)