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Solar home systems in Nepal

Abstract

Photovoltaic (PV) technology is a clean and environmentally friendly technology that does not require any fuels. The high reliability of operation and little need for maintenance makes it ideally suited for rural areas. Today PV systems are used in Nepal to power telecommunications centres, navigational aids, in pumping systems for irrigation and drinking water, and for household electrification. A solar home system consists of a PV module, a battery, a charge controller and 3-4 fluorescent light bulbs with fixture. The system provides power for lighting and operation of household appliances for several hours. The success of donor supported programs have shown that solar home systems can be a practical solution for many rural households. In 1996 the Government of Nepal launched a subsidy program for solar home systems, which dramatically has increased the demand for solar home systems among rural customers. This report includes a survey of 52 households with solar home systems in two villages. The field-study shows that the villagers are very happy with their systems and the technical performance of the systems in both villages is satisfactory. The study also shows the positive impact electricity has on education, health, income generation and quality of life. The beneficiaries  More>>
Publication Date:
Apr 01, 1999
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
LUTMDN-TMVK-5310
Reference Number:
SCA: 140600; PA: SWD-99:007246; EDB-99:083956; SN: 99002098395
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Apr 1999
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; NEPAL; PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER SUPPLIES; PERFORMANCE; SOLAR WATER PUMPS; LIGHTING SYSTEMS; FINANCIAL INCENTIVES; 140600; PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER SYSTEMS
OSTI ID:
10149650
Research Organizations:
Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Heat and Power Engineering
Country of Origin:
Sweden
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 0282-1990; Other: ON: DE99747796; TRN: SE9907246
Availability:
OSTI; NTIS
Submitting Site:
SWD
Size:
106 p.
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Henryson, Jessica, and Haakansson, Teresa. Solar home systems in Nepal. Sweden: N. p., 1999. Web.
Henryson, Jessica, & Haakansson, Teresa. Solar home systems in Nepal. Sweden.
Henryson, Jessica, and Haakansson, Teresa. 1999. "Solar home systems in Nepal." Sweden.
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