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Buildings 2018, 8(6), 77; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8060077

Review of Renewable Energy Technologies in Zambian Households: Capacities and Barriers Affecting Successful Deployment

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Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of the Built Environment, The Copperbelt University, P.O. Box 21692, Kitwe 10101, Zambia
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Department of Real Estate Studies, School of the Built Environment, The Copperbelt University, P.O. Box 21692, Kitwe 10101, Zambia
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Department of Architecture, School of the Built Environment, The Copperbelt University, P.O. Box 21692, Kitwe 10101, Zambia
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Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford-Brookes University, Oxford OX3 0BP, UK
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Received: 2 March 2018 / Revised: 15 May 2018 / Accepted: 26 May 2018 / Published: 30 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Application of Renewable Energy Sources in Buildings)
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Abstract

Modern renewable energy has been hailed as one of the prerequisites for fostering green growth and the achievement of sustainable development. Despite efforts to promote the use of renewable energy in households, its adoption has remained fairly low, hence the need for an inquiry into household capabilities needed for the acquisition and adoption of renewable energy technologies. This paper reviews the requisite capacities of households for the adoption of renewable energy services and expounds on some of the barriers hampering renewable energy among households. It takes a desk research approach to analyse the capacities which should be possessed by Zambian households and possible barriers constraining the widespread deployment of renewable energy technologies. The findings reveal that there is a need for a broader, multidimensional understanding of access to renewable energy in order for deployment to be effective. Barriers to the successful adoption of clean energy technologies include underserved populations, policy inadequacies; an underexploited renewable energy sector and heavy reliance on a service-challenged hydro-power utility. Since most of the aforementioned challenges are institutional in nature, the paper concludes with a recommendation of a baseline assessment to understand knowledge, perceptions, attitudes and drivers for renewable energy technology adoption among households. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energy technologies; household capacities; access renewable energy technologies; household capacities; access
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Kachapulula-Mudenda, P.; Makashini, L.; Malama, A.; Abanda, H. Review of Renewable Energy Technologies in Zambian Households: Capacities and Barriers Affecting Successful Deployment. Buildings 2018, 8, 77.

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