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The effect of policy on photovoltaic competitiveness: Analysis on household on-grid application in rural Thailand
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
Department of Industrial Engineering, Dhurakij Pundit University.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.
2014 (English)In: 9th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The needs for increasing energy access, the depletion of fossil fuels, and the urgency of climate change mitigation push the technology shift towards renewable energy sources. In Thailand, fossil fuels account for more than 90% of the energy mix in power generation. The government has established an incentive program to encourage the transition from fossil fuels to solar energy. However, there has been very little interest among household adopters to utilize this incentive. The aim of this study is to assess the economic viability of small-scale PV systems for on-grid household electricity generation in rural Thailand. The results reveal that the profitability varies greatly depending on system sizes, geographical areas, electricity consumption, and loan levels. Unfortunately, the current policy yields an economic loss for household adopters in various scenarios especially when the consumed electricity is deducted from the electricity generated from PV systems. Nevertheless, the competitiveness of PV systems can be increased with the provision of additional subsidy of which we recommend regressive subsidy rate. Our study emphasizes the importance of government intervention on the technology shift towards sustainable sources.

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2014.
Keyword [en]
economic viability assessment, government, renewable electricity, solar energy, subsidy
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Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158926OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-158926DiVA: diva2:780497
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The 9th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, Venice-Istanbul, 20/09/2014 to 27/09/2014
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QC 20150223

Available from: 2015-01-14 Created: 2015-01-14 Last updated: 2015-02-23Bibliographically approved

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