Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106532
Authors: 
Grimm, Michael
Munyehirwe, Anicet
Peters, Jörg
Sievert, Maximiliane
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8594
Abstract: 
More than 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity. The UN have proclaimed the goal of providing electricity to all by 2030. In recent years, Pico-Photovoltaic kits have become a lower cost alternative to investment intensive grid electrification. Using a randomized controlled trial we examine uptake and impacts of a simple Pico-Photovoltaic kit that barely exceeds the benchmark of what the UN considers as modern energy. We find significant effects on households' budget, productivity and convenience. Despite these effects, the data shows that adoption will be impeded by affordability, suggesting that policy has to consider subsidized dissemination strategies.
Subjects: 
energy access
household technology adoption
Sub-Saharan Africa
randomized controlled trial
JEL: 
O13
O18
Q41
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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