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Title:
 
Solar Electricity in Africa: Overcoming Barriers and Lessons (Which May Be) Learnt from Previous Experiences in Europe
 
Author(s):
 
A. Virtuani, G. Agostinelli
 
Keywords:
 
Reliability, Testing, Emerging Markets, International Cooperation
 
Topic:
 
PV Economics, Markets and Policies
Subtopic: PV-Related Policies, Strategies and Societal Issues
Event: 35th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 7EO.3.4
 
Pages:
 
2143 - 2148
ISBN: 3-936338-50-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/35thEUPVSEC20182018-7EO.3.4
 
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0,00 EUR
 
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In this work, by addressing the different phases in the realization of a solar project, we use images to make concrete examples and drive a parallel between the market dynamics happened in Europe in the recent past (15-5 years) and what is presently happening in several African countries today. A strong focus on quality should enable the involvement of financial institutions (banks, microcredit and insurances) in the solar sector. Therefore, promoting a virtuous cycle leading to project risks’ mitigation, facilitation of access to credit and increase perception and awareness in solar electricity. In short, making solar projects bankable. In our vision, a multi-step approach to the bankability of solar projects in the rooftop sector should be articulated as follows: (1) focus on international standards (and best practices) whenever is possible; (2) adoption/development of high quality training to achieve a minimum level of knowledge/skills for professionals and trigger the learning processes that are of great relevance to the industry; (3) implement at local level institutions able to perform minimal quality checks of components (e.g. testing laboratories) and systems acting as a trustable and respected third party; (4) design incentive schemes or clear regulations aimed at avoiding the unhealthy market dynamics that have characterized the early adoption of this technology in Europe.