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Barriers to the adoption of photovoltaic systems: The state of the art

Emrah Karakaya and Pranpreya Sriwannawit

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2015, vol. 49, issue C, 60-66

Abstract: Although photovoltaic (PV) systems have become much more competitive, the diffusion of PV systems still remains low in comparison to conventional energy sources. What are the current barriers hindering the diffusion of PV systems? In order to address this, we conducted an extensive and systematic literature review based on the Web of Science database. Our state-of-the-art review shows that, despite the rapid development and maturity of the technology during the past few years, the adoption of PV systems still faces several barriers. The wide adoption of PV systems—either as a substitute for other electricity power generation systems in urban areas or for rural electrification—is a challenging process. Our results show that the barriers are evident for both low- and high-income economies, encompassing four dimensions: sociotechnical, management, economic, and policy. Although the barriers vary across context, the lessons learned from one study can be valuable to others. The involvement of all stakeholders—adopters, local communities, firms, international organizations, financial institutions, and government—is crucial to foster the adoption.

Keywords: Diffusion; Innovation; Renewable; Solar energy; Solar home system (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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