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Analysis of Driving Factors of Photovoltaic Power Generation Efficiency: A Case Study in China

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  • Tao Yi

    () (School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
    Beijing Key Laboratory of New Energy and Low-Carbon Development (North China Electric Power University), Beijing, 102206, China)

  • Ling Tong

    () (School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
    Beijing Key Laboratory of New Energy and Low-Carbon Development (North China Electric Power University), Beijing, 102206, China)

  • Mohan Qiu

    () (School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
    Beijing Key Laboratory of New Energy and Low-Carbon Development (North China Electric Power University), Beijing, 102206, China)

  • Jinpeng Liu

    () (School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
    Beijing Key Laboratory of New Energy and Low-Carbon Development (North China Electric Power University), Beijing, 102206, China)

Abstract

With the increasing consumption of fossil energy and changes in the ecological environment, meeting the energy demands required for industrial and economic development with clean and efficient power generation is a major challenge of our society. Solar energy is considered to be one of the most renewable and sustainable energy sources, and photovoltaic power generation has become an important research topic. This study combines data envelopment analysis (DEA) with Tobit regression analysis to assess the efficiency of photovoltaic power generation in China and analyze factors affecting efficiency to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic power generation. The results show that there are obvious regional differences in photovoltaic power generation efficiency in China. The phenomenon of focusing on economic development at the expense of the use of solar power generation still exists. The establishment of photovoltaic demonstration projects, the implementation of differential electricity price policies, and the promotion of photovoltaic precision poverty alleviation can alleviate economic pressure and effectively improve the efficiency of photovoltaic power generation.

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  • Tao Yi & Ling Tong & Mohan Qiu & Jinpeng Liu, 2019. "Analysis of Driving Factors of Photovoltaic Power Generation Efficiency: A Case Study in China," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(3), pages 1-15, January.
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    photovoltaic power generation; efficiency evaluation; driving factor analysis; policy guidance;
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    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy
    • Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General
    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources
    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy
    • Q47 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy Forecasting
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • Q49 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Other

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