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Renewables in the Energy Transition: Evidence on Solar Home Systems and Lighting-Fuel Choice in Kenya

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  • Jann Lay

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    (GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies)

  • Janosch Ondraczek

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    (GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies)

  • Jana Stoever

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    (GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies)

Abstract

We study the determinants of households’ choices of lighting fuels in Kenya, including the option of using solar home systems (SHSs). The paper adds new evidence on the factors that influence the introduction and adoption of decentralized and less carbon-intensive energy sources in developing countries. We capitalize on a unique representative survey on energy use and sources from Kenya, one of the few relatively well-established SHSs markets in the world. Our results reveal some very interesting patterns in the fuel transition in the context of lighting-fuel choices. While we find clear evidence for a crosssectional energy ladder, the income threshold for modern fuel use – including solar energy use – is very high. Income and education turn out to be key determinants of SHSs adoption, but we also find a very pronounced effect of SHSs clustering. In addition, we do not find a negative correlation between grid access and SHSs use.

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Paper provided by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in its series GIGA Working Paper Series with number 198.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:198

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Keywords: renewable energy; household fuel choice; lighting-fuel choice; solar power use; solar home systems; Kenya; energy ladder; KIHBS;

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  1. Ondraczek, Janosch, 2013. "The sun rises in the east (of Africa): A comparison of the development and status of solar energy markets in Kenya and Tanzania," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 407-417.
  2. Janosch Ondraczek, 2013. "Are we there yet? Improving solar PV economics and power planning in developing countries: The case of Kenya," Working Papers FNU-200, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University.
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  5. Vöpel, Henning, 2013. "A Zidane clustering theorem: Why top players tend to play in one team and how the competitive balance can be restored," HWWI Research Papers 141, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).

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