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Solar-based rural electrification policy design: The Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model in Fiji

Dornan, Matthew

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Solar photovoltaic technologies have for some time been promoted as a cost effective means of rural electrification in developing countries. However, institutional structures resulting in poor maintenance have adversely affected the sustainability of past solar projects. In Fiji, the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) program is the latest attempt to promote solar-based rural electrification in a fee-for-service model, aiming to remove the high upfront capital costs associated with solar...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDornan, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:34:57Z
dc.identifier.issn0960-1481
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/69649
dc.description.abstractSolar photovoltaic technologies have for some time been promoted as a cost effective means of rural electrification in developing countries. However, institutional structures resulting in poor maintenance have adversely affected the sustainability of past solar projects. In Fiji, the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) program is the latest attempt to promote solar-based rural electrification in a fee-for-service model, aiming to remove the high upfront capital costs associated with solar technologies and using a public-private sector partnership for maintenance. This paper assesses the program using survey and interview data. Major flaws are identified, relating to incorrect treatment of principal-agent problems, information asymmetries, motivational problems, and resourcing of government agencies. General lessons for fee-for-service solar home system models emerge, including that incentives for stakeholders must take centre stage in designing and administering such programs, and that active government support and ownership are required to make programs sustainable.
dc.publisherPergamon Press
dc.sourceRenewable Energy
dc.subjectKeywords: Fiji; Rural electrification; SHS; Small island developing state; Solar; Solar home system; Developing countries; Electric utilities; Energy utilization; Maintenance; Rural areas; Solar buildings; Solar power generation; Solar energy; developing world; own Fiji; Rural electrification; SHS; Small island developing states; Solar; Solar home systems
dc.titleSolar-based rural electrification policy design: The Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model in Fiji
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume36
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor090608 - Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB2082
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDornan, Matthew, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage797
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage803
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.renene.2010.07.015
local.identifier.absseo970110 - Expanding Knowledge in Technology
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:21:57Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-77957336298
local.identifier.thomsonID000283831100047
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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