Community acceptance of large-scale solar energy installations in developing countries: Evidence from Morocco

Hanger, S., Komendantova, N. ORCID:, Schinke, B., Zejli, D., Ihlal, A., & Patt, A. (2016). Community acceptance of large-scale solar energy installations in developing countries: Evidence from Morocco. Energy Research & Social Science 14 80-89. 10.1016/j.erss.2016.01.010.

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Renewable energy production is climbing the public agenda in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region), for reasons of energy security, independence and local value creation. While technical and economic barriers are largely understood, in this paper we investigate the issue of community acceptance. In so doing, we explore the importance of relevant drivers of community acceptance such as level of expected socio-economic and environmental impacts, procedural and distributive justice, and trust. We conducted 232 face-to-face interviews with the local population in Ouarzazate in Morocco, the building site of a flagship project for concentrated solar power in the MENA region. We find that community acceptance is almost universal, particularly because solar power is perceived to be environmentally friendly. At the same time perceived level of knowledge about the project is very low, which is positively linked to the high level of acceptance. Our data suggest that there may be some social desirability bias distorting community acceptance; only long-term experience with the project will show whether hopes for job creation will be fulfilled and high levels of acceptance can be maintained.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change mitigation; Concentrated solar power; Community acceptance; Public acceptance; Middle East; North Africa
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2016 13:13
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:25

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