Factors responsible for solar PV adoption at household level: A case of Lahore, Pakistan

Tahir Masood Qureshi, Kafait Ullah, Maarten J. Arentsen

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)
193 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

The crisis in electricity generation sector of Pakistan is causing load shedding. All sectors including household-domestic, commercial and industrial activities get severely affected by such power outages which could be minimized by adopting modern technologies such as solar PV. The use of solar PV system in many countries has become a promising solution to meet energy needs but in Pakistan its usage at household level still remains largely untapped despite huge potential. This study identifies the determinants that influence the household's decisions regarding solar PV adoption in Lahore, Pakistan. For this, initially, a generic list of significant determinants was extracted from literature. Later, detailed interviews (based on persuasion attributes of Roger's theory of Innovation Diffusion) of both adopters and non-adopters of solar PV system were conducted at household level to rank the determinants on the basis of their significance in solar PV adoption decision. The household's adoption of solar PV system faced many barriers regardless of the fact that it exceeds in advantages as compared to other conventional sources of electricity. The cost of solar PV system appeared to be the most significant barrier in the diffusion of solar PV system. Additionally, the absence of adequate financial support by government for the installation of small solar PV systems at household level further intensified the adoption decisions. Other important barriers included difficulty of using all appliances at the same time and shortage of reliable vendors as well the technicians. While, environment friendly feature of solar PV system along with its availability in local market appeared as significant driver of diffusion at household level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)754-763
Number of pages10
JournalRenewable & sustainable energy reviews
Volume78
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Fingerprint

Solar system
Electricity
Outages
Innovation
Availability
Costs

Keywords

  • Determinants
  • Household adoption decisions
  • Innovation diffusion model
  • Pakistan
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV)

Cite this

@article{826f7dec5ff944339d9ae27f0e5d24fa,
title = "Factors responsible for solar PV adoption at household level: A case of Lahore, Pakistan",
abstract = "The crisis in electricity generation sector of Pakistan is causing load shedding. All sectors including household-domestic, commercial and industrial activities get severely affected by such power outages which could be minimized by adopting modern technologies such as solar PV. The use of solar PV system in many countries has become a promising solution to meet energy needs but in Pakistan its usage at household level still remains largely untapped despite huge potential. This study identifies the determinants that influence the household's decisions regarding solar PV adoption in Lahore, Pakistan. For this, initially, a generic list of significant determinants was extracted from literature. Later, detailed interviews (based on persuasion attributes of Roger's theory of Innovation Diffusion) of both adopters and non-adopters of solar PV system were conducted at household level to rank the determinants on the basis of their significance in solar PV adoption decision. The household's adoption of solar PV system faced many barriers regardless of the fact that it exceeds in advantages as compared to other conventional sources of electricity. The cost of solar PV system appeared to be the most significant barrier in the diffusion of solar PV system. Additionally, the absence of adequate financial support by government for the installation of small solar PV systems at household level further intensified the adoption decisions. Other important barriers included difficulty of using all appliances at the same time and shortage of reliable vendors as well the technicians. While, environment friendly feature of solar PV system along with its availability in local market appeared as significant driver of diffusion at household level.",
keywords = "Determinants, Household adoption decisions, Innovation diffusion model, Pakistan, Solar photovoltaic (PV)",
author = "Qureshi, {Tahir Masood} and Kafait Ullah and Arentsen, {Maarten J.}",
year = "2017",
doi = "10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.020",
language = "English",
volume = "78",
pages = "754--763",
journal = "Renewable & sustainable energy reviews",
issn = "1364-0321",
publisher = "Elsevier",

}

Factors responsible for solar PV adoption at household level : A case of Lahore, Pakistan. / Qureshi, Tahir Masood; Ullah, Kafait; Arentsen, Maarten J.

In: Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, Vol. 78, 2017, p. 754-763.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Factors responsible for solar PV adoption at household level

T2 - A case of Lahore, Pakistan

AU - Qureshi, Tahir Masood

AU - Ullah, Kafait

AU - Arentsen, Maarten J.

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - The crisis in electricity generation sector of Pakistan is causing load shedding. All sectors including household-domestic, commercial and industrial activities get severely affected by such power outages which could be minimized by adopting modern technologies such as solar PV. The use of solar PV system in many countries has become a promising solution to meet energy needs but in Pakistan its usage at household level still remains largely untapped despite huge potential. This study identifies the determinants that influence the household's decisions regarding solar PV adoption in Lahore, Pakistan. For this, initially, a generic list of significant determinants was extracted from literature. Later, detailed interviews (based on persuasion attributes of Roger's theory of Innovation Diffusion) of both adopters and non-adopters of solar PV system were conducted at household level to rank the determinants on the basis of their significance in solar PV adoption decision. The household's adoption of solar PV system faced many barriers regardless of the fact that it exceeds in advantages as compared to other conventional sources of electricity. The cost of solar PV system appeared to be the most significant barrier in the diffusion of solar PV system. Additionally, the absence of adequate financial support by government for the installation of small solar PV systems at household level further intensified the adoption decisions. Other important barriers included difficulty of using all appliances at the same time and shortage of reliable vendors as well the technicians. While, environment friendly feature of solar PV system along with its availability in local market appeared as significant driver of diffusion at household level.

AB - The crisis in electricity generation sector of Pakistan is causing load shedding. All sectors including household-domestic, commercial and industrial activities get severely affected by such power outages which could be minimized by adopting modern technologies such as solar PV. The use of solar PV system in many countries has become a promising solution to meet energy needs but in Pakistan its usage at household level still remains largely untapped despite huge potential. This study identifies the determinants that influence the household's decisions regarding solar PV adoption in Lahore, Pakistan. For this, initially, a generic list of significant determinants was extracted from literature. Later, detailed interviews (based on persuasion attributes of Roger's theory of Innovation Diffusion) of both adopters and non-adopters of solar PV system were conducted at household level to rank the determinants on the basis of their significance in solar PV adoption decision. The household's adoption of solar PV system faced many barriers regardless of the fact that it exceeds in advantages as compared to other conventional sources of electricity. The cost of solar PV system appeared to be the most significant barrier in the diffusion of solar PV system. Additionally, the absence of adequate financial support by government for the installation of small solar PV systems at household level further intensified the adoption decisions. Other important barriers included difficulty of using all appliances at the same time and shortage of reliable vendors as well the technicians. While, environment friendly feature of solar PV system along with its availability in local market appeared as significant driver of diffusion at household level.

KW - Determinants

KW - Household adoption decisions

KW - Innovation diffusion model

KW - Pakistan

KW - Solar photovoltaic (PV)

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85019040568&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.020

DO - 10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.020

M3 - Review article

VL - 78

SP - 754

EP - 763

JO - Renewable & sustainable energy reviews

JF - Renewable & sustainable energy reviews

SN - 1364-0321

ER -