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Is photovoltaic power a cost-effective energy solution for rural peoples in western Sudan?

Croxford, B; Rizig, M; (2006) Is photovoltaic power a cost-effective energy solution for rural peoples in western Sudan? In: UNSPECIFIED Green open access

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Abstract

Sudan like most poor countries suffers from a deficiency in the supply of electrical power, especially for rural areas. Less than 10% of the total population, can benefit from the national grid connection. The paper evaluates the economic, environmental and social issues associated with electrification in western Sudan for rural and nomadic peoples, by assessing three different systems for off-grid electricity supply; stand alone systems powered by diesel generator (gen-set), photovoltaic cells, and a larger distributed generator system (mini-grid). The study indicates that, although photovoltaic might be the best source of electricity from an environmental and social view, unfortunately it currently cannot compete economically. The research identified that Sudanese customs and tax policy adds a significant cost to PV, making diesel generators the best power choice for rural and nomadic regions in Sudan. Other important factors include fuel supply problems and availability of spare parts for generators.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Is photovoltaic power a cost-effective energy solution for rural peoples in western Sudan?
ISBN: 089553178X
ISBN-13: 9780895531780
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2640
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