Solar Power as Climate Change Management Option in Sierra Leone: Drivers and Barriers for Deployment

Komendantova, N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2568-6179, Singh, R., & Mansaray, K.G. (2021). Solar Power as Climate Change Management Option in Sierra Leone: Drivers and Barriers for Deployment. In: Handbook of Climate Change Management. pp. 1-25 Springer. 10.1007/978-3-030-22759-3_216-1​.

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Abstract

Sierra Leone is faced with adverse climate change impacts and committed to climate change mitigation policy. Currently, this country has a double challenge: to decarbonize its energy generation and to provide energy access to those who are still lacking it. Solar energy, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) system, is one of the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy sources which can provide a viable energy supply not only in rich developed countries but also in developing countries. Sierra Leone has good geographical conditions and potentials for solar projects, but the potentials are currently not realized. With proper planning, the large-scale implementation of solar PV can cause transformation of the entire energy sector of the country and can lead to economic growth, promotion of productive activities, and improvement of living standards. The major question is how these potentials can be realized and what are the major drivers and barriers for deployment of solar PV in Sierra Leone. The methodology of this chapter includes various methods such as stakeholders’ dialogue and case studies of existing projects. The empirical data collection is based on participatory process in the country. Based on innovative participatory governance methods, the further aim of this work was to identify and to design as well as to develop recommendations for implementation of energy-policy-related measures to overcome the barriers for further PV deployment in the country. The developed recommendations included the areas of awareness raising, education, capacity building, and regulations for further deployment of solar PV. These recommendations can provide further insights to the Government of Sierra Leone as well as the guidance in the planning of initiatives for solar PV energy electrification to rural communities across the country.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change mitigation and management; Solar photovoltaic; Policy drivers and barriers; Participatory process and participatory governance
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Cooperation and Transformative Governance (CAT)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2021 09:00
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:34
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/17265

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