Determinants of the diffusion of solar home systems: Case study among low-income inhabitants in Bangladesh
2015 (English)In: Energy and Environment, ISSN 0958-305X, E-ISSN 2048-4070, Vol. 26, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article discusses the determinants of technology diffusion among the low-income adopters, i.e. those belonging to the bottom of the pyramid market. Our aim is to analyse the variables that determine the adoption rate of Solar Home Systems. The analysis is drawn from a qualitative case study in Bangladesh based on interviews, observation and documents. We re-conceptualize diffusion process into three basic components: source, innovation and adopter. In particular, we focus on the characteristics of the source that are specific to the low-income market. In our case, the source is a social entrepreneur who seeks social wealth rather than economic wealth. Our empirical study may help to illuminate diffusion processes conducted by social entrepreneurs at the bottom of the pyramid because it contributes to a more comprehensive list of variables that affect the innovation adoption rate.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 26, no 5
bottom of the pyramid, photovoltaic system, rural electrification, social entrepreneur
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-166619ISI: 000362602000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-166619DiVA: diva2:811644
Updated from manuscript to article.
QC 201511042015-05-122015-05-122015-11-04Bibliographically approved