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Title:
 
Electrifying the Poor: Highly Economic Off-Grid PV Systems in Ethiopia - A Basis for Sustainable Rural Development
 
Abstract/Summary:
 
Nearly all of the about 80% of Ethiopians living in rural areas have no access to electricity. Excellent solar conditions enable attractive small off-grid PV systems for rural population. Their today’s energy budget allows short payback periods of only about 2 to 4 years. As a consequence of high oil prices, even larger PV systems are very competitive to diesel generators and village power supply, respectively. A solar electrification roadmap for rural Ethiopia is already started and includes model projects, professional solar training and initiating local solar businesses. Highly economic solar systems, available to rural population, generate additional purchasing power and open new financial capabilities for sustainable rural development.
 
 
Author(s):
 
C. Breyer, A. Gerlach, M. Hlusiak, C. Peters, P. Adelmann, J. Winiecki, H. Schützeichel, S. Tsegaye, W. Gashie
 
Keywords:
 
Developing Countries, Dissemination, Education and Training, Rural Electrification, Sustainable Development
 
Topic:
 
PV Systems
Subtopic: Off-grid Applications and Rural Electrification
Event: 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, 21-25 September 2009, Hamburg, Germany
Session: 5EP.2.3
 
Pages:
 
3852 - 3860
ISBN: 3-936338-25-6
Paper DOI: 10.4229/24thEUPVSEC2009-5EP.2.3
 
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