Characteristics and uses of Solar Home Systems in Selected Uzn-Electrified Rural Villages in Muleba District, Tanzania

Ikwaba , D. P. (2010) Characteristics and uses of Solar Home Systems in Selected Uzn-Electrified Rural Villages in Muleba District, Tanzania. Huria Journal, VIII (1). ISSN 0856 6739

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Abstract

The use of solar electricity in un-electrified remote villages is widely recommended as a more viable alternative to grid electricity in these areas. However, despite a large body of literature on the impacts of solar electricity in remote areas, the use of solar electricity in un-electrified rural villages in Tanzania has not been in practice as much as it should have been due to lack of qualified solar electrical technicians which in turns results into Solar Home Systems (SHSs) failure. Technical failures often lead to high cost for users, disappointment with the solar electricity technology and a strong negative altitude about solar electricity technology. Preventing avoidable technical problems is therefore one of the main driving forces behind activities to enhance widespread and quality solar electricity in un-electrified rural areas. This paper investigated the status of all SHSs in Karambi, Kasharunga and Kyebitembe wards (Muleba district), their uses as well as system performance, limitations and problems. Results indicate that about 88% of all SHSs were performing as expected and households were happy with their systems.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 600 Technology > 600 Technology (Applied sciences)
Divisions: Faculty of Sciences Technology and Environmental Studies > Department of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Administrator OUT
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2012 08:14
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 07:39
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/210

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