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Effects of Basic Access to Electricity on Future Power Demands by Rural Households in Developing Communities
N.N. Opiyo
Temporal Power Demands, SHS Modifications, Grid Electrification, Desire for Appliances
Finance, Markets and Policies
Subtopic: Policies and Scenarios for Renewables, Societal and Global Challenges
Event: 37th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 7DV.1.35
2091 - 2097
ISBN: 3-936338-73-6
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20202020-7DV.1.35
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Document(s): paper, poster


Access to basic electricity through solar home systems (SHS) stimulates temporally increasing load demands by households in rural developing communities through acquisition of more appliances. Once introduced to the benefits of electricity, many households begin to desire more appliances, leading to increased income-generating activities that lead to increased household incomes. Increased incomes enable households to acquire the desired appliances, leading to increases in power demands. Increased power demands are addressed through modifications of original PV systems, installations of larger systems, and through eventual connection to the grid. In summary, introducing households in a given rural community to the benefits of electricity starts a chain reaction that eventually makes it economically sound to extend utility distribution systems to that community due to temporally increased power demands.