The socio-technical barriers to Solar Home Systems (SHS) in Papua New Guinea: 'choosing pigs, prostitutes, and poker chips over panels'

Sovacool, Benjamin K, D'Agostino, Anthony L and Bambawale, Malavika Jain (2011) The socio-technical barriers to Solar Home Systems (SHS) in Papua New Guinea: 'choosing pigs, prostitutes, and poker chips over panels'. Energy Policy, 39 (3). pp. 1532-1542. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

This study explores the socio-technical barriers to Solar Home Systems (SHS) in Papua New Guinea. The authors collected primary data through semi-structured research interviews conducted over the course of February 2010–April 2010. Respondents included government officials, financiers, planners, commercial distributors and companies, teachers and rural villagers in addition to members of civil society, academics, consultants, and trainers. These interviews were supplemented with site visits to Port Moresby, Goroka, and Madang, and field research in the villages of Akameku, Asaroka, Lufa, Kundiawa, Okifa, Simbu, and Talidig. The study draws from these interviews and visits to discuss four types of barriers. Technical barriers relate to substandard equipment and logistical problems. Economic barriers include high rates of poverty, misconceptions about the role of currency, and lack of financing. Political barriers include poor institutional capacity and a government commitment to fossil-fueled grid electrification. Social barriers encompass unrealistic expectations about what SHS can provide along with jealousy, theft, vandalism, and unfamiliarity with solar technology.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 12:16
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 14:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58244
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