7. 2 Policies and Scenarios for Renewables, Societal and Global Challenges
Temporal Power Demands, SHS Modifications, Grid Electrification, Desire for Appliances
Summary / Abstract:
Access to basic electricity through solar home systems (SHS) stimulates temporally increasing load demands by households in rural developing communities through acquisition of more appliances. Once introduced to the benefits of electricity, many households begin to desire more appliances, leading to increased income-generating activities that lead to increased household incomes. Increased incomes enable households to acquire the desired appliances, leading to increases in power demands. Increased power demands are addressed through modifications of original PV systems, installations of larger systems, and through eventual connection to the grid. In summary, introducing households in a given rural community to the benefits of electricity starts a chain reaction that eventually makes it economically sound to extend utility distribution systems to that community due to temporally increased power demands.