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ISSN E 2409-2770
ISSN P 2521-2419

Analysis of Solar PV Technology Adoption in off-Grid Communities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Shahroon Khalil, Babar Hussain, Zabdur Rehman

Vol. 9, Issue 03, PP. 57-66, March 2022


Keywords: Solar PV, Social impact, adoption, rural development, Environment

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There has been a growing concern in the energy avenues owing to the fast depletion of the conventional energy resources. Pakistan imports 1000 MW of solar PV panels annually, mostly for large scale solar applications. Close to one-fifth of the population being off grid makes Pakistan a perfect contender for distribution solar PV. Considering this interest, this paper endeavor focus on the factors causing the lag in solar PV adoption at community and household level. Solar PV adoption has a direct linkage with the socioeconomic standing of the subjects. The families who adopted solar PV technology reported an improved education, health, work, information access, social and world perception, and communication with outside world. These factors cumulatively affect the quality of life in the rural communities. The high capital costs associated with the adoption of solar PV technology is a major inhibitor of large-scale dissemination of the technology. The environmental gains occurring from the solar PV technology pertaining to the reduced fuel usage have been common. Skill level of the technicians in the rural circles was found lacking which cascades down to the negative perception creation from sub-optimum performance of the solar PV panels installed. However, the awareness regarding safe usage would be highly beneficial for eliminating any negative perception about the technology. The study analyzed 90 households from three different villages of District Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through primary data collected by surveys. 

  1. Shahroon Khalil, , United States Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy - University of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan.
  2. Babar Hussain, , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Air University Islamabad, Aerospace and Aviation Campus Kamra, Pakistan.
  3. Zabdur Rehman,, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Air University Islamabad, Aerospace and Aviation Campus Kamra, Pakistan.

Shahroon Khalil Babar Hussain Zabdur Rehman Analysis of Solar PV Technology Adoption in Off-Grid Communities of Khyber Pakhtunkh International Journal of Engineering Works Vol. 9 Issue 03 PP. 57-66 March 2022

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