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Solar lanterns or solar home lighting systems – community preferences in East Timor

Bond, M., Aye, Lu and Fuller, R.J. 2010, Solar lanterns or solar home lighting systems – community preferences in East Timor, Renewable energy, vol. 35, pp. 1076-1082.

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Title Solar lanterns or solar home lighting systems – community preferences in East Timor
Author(s) Bond, M.
Aye, Lu
Fuller, R.J.
Journal name Renewable energy
Volume number 35
Start page 1076
End page 1082
Total pages 7
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0960-1481
1879-0682
Keyword(s) SHS
Solar lantern
East Timor
Summary Access to electrification in rural areas of East Timor is extremely limited with as few as 5% of rural households connected to electricity. The government of East Timor intends to increase rural access to electricity significantly in the coming decade. The introduction of small PV systems is envisaged for many households in the most remote areas. Several agencies have piloted the introduction of small solar home systems (SHS) and solar lanterns. In the Railaco sub-district of East Timor, some 1000 households have experience of using either SHS and/or solar lanterns and are in a unique position to indicate a preference regarding these forms of PV lighting technology. This paper reports on a survey of 76 households in Railaco investigating experience with PV lighting systems. Results of the survey indicate a strong preference by users for SHS rather than lanterns. The preference for SHS arose from a range of factors including: a perception of better light quality; ability to illuminate the whole house; reduced risk of damage to the PV equipment; and longer duration of nightly operation. The research indicates that where a single PV lighting system is provided, users are likely to prefer SHS to solar lanterns.
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Language eng
Field of Research 090703 Environmental Technologies
Socio Economic Objective 850504 Solar-Photovoltaic Energy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier Ltd.
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