The Role of Subsidies and Private Investments in Sustainable Rural Electrification

  • Phillip W. Covell
  • Richard D. Hansen
  • José G. Martín


From several points of view (environmental, resource conservation, financial, and social) the widespread use of photovoltaic (PV) systems for rural electrification is desirable. In this presentation, it is argued that full cost recovery is a key factor to ensure widespread PV use, and that temporary equipment and financial subsidies can actually hurt the rural market penetration of PV technology. If, as argued, full cost recovery is a key factor to ensure widespread PV use, developers and planners should adopt pricing strategies that reflect market conditions, and development assistance should focus on risk reduction through planning, technical assistance, training, and policy making.


Private Investment Dominican Republic Market Penetration Photovoltaic System Rural Electrification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phillip W. Covell
    • 1
  • Richard D. Hansen
    • 1
  • José G. Martín
    • 2
  1. 1.Somerville
  2. 2.Department of Chemical and Nuclear EngineeringUniversity of Massachusetts LowellLowell

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