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Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable Energy Adoption in Malawi : A case study of poultry farms

Trindade, D.T. (2018) Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable Energy Adoption in Malawi : A case study of poultry farms.

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Abstract:Electricity availability and access are some of the biggest energy challenges in Malawi. The use of renewable energy has the potential to increase access to electricity especially in the rural areas. There are several regulatory instruments that are being used to increase access to renewable energy and to influence the adoption of renewable energy technologies in the country. Renewable energy use in the country makes up a small portion of the total primary energy mix. Adoption of renewable energy technologies by the private sector could add to the renewable energy component of the country’s energy mix. The research conducted used a case study strategy where data was collected from small and medium poultry farms that are similar in operation. The study looked into issues of awareness and learning as well as application of renewable energy technology in the industry and how they relate to adoption and diffusion of the technology. The study was an in depth study of the factors that can drive adoption and diffusion of solar energy technology in this sector. Results show that there are opportunities to use existing platforms for knowledge sharing on renewable energy technology through associations, media and demonstration projects where renewable energy technology is applied to different agricultural practices. On the other hand, the cost of renewable energy technology such as solar equipment is costly especially for poultry businesses that are growing.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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