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Residential consumers’ experiences in the adoption and use of solar PV

Jeff Sommerfeld, Laurie Buys and Desley Vine

Energy Policy, 2017, vol. 105, issue C, 10-16

Abstract: Public policy in many nations is seeking to transition energy generation towards renewable sources such as solar photovoltaic (PV). Reviews of past policy aimed at increasing consumer acceptance of renewable energy sources have identified that policy implementation may not align with policy objectives of energy professionals. The research and analysis of consumers and their interaction with solar PV policy is important in assessing policy outcomes and how these can be better delivered or adapted. This paper reports on an in depth qualitative analysis of 22 persons under different feed-in tariff (FiT) policy settings to explore consumer experiences in acquiring solar PV and their energy use behaviour. The responses of participants indicate there were different motivations and energy use behaviour that were based on the policy in which solar PV was acquired and these may provide insight into policy development or follow up studies.

Keywords: Solar photovoltaic (PV); Energy policy; Renewable energy; Consumer behaviour; Demographic variables; Feed-in tariff (FiT) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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