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Explaining residential solar energy generation across municipalities : a quantitative study of the diffusion of residential solar photovoltaic panels across Dutch municipalities in 2015-2017

Rosmalen, Stan van (2020) Explaining residential solar energy generation across municipalities : a quantitative study of the diffusion of residential solar photovoltaic panels across Dutch municipalities in 2015-2017.

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Abstract:This research investigates the extent to which political and societal variables influence the diffusion of residential photovoltaic systems across municipalities in the Netherlands. Various secondary databases were consulted to obtain relevant data for these variables for as many municipalities as possible, which are quantitatively analysed in multiple regression analyses. The research question answered in this research is ‘’What are factors that explain differences in residential solar energy generation between Dutch municipalities?’’. Six hypotheses and six sub-hypotheses were formulated, which all assume a positive relationship amongst societal and political variables or on their effect on diffusion of residential photovoltaic systems across municipalities. The research concludes that procured subsidies and the presence of energy cooperatives in a municipality positively influence the diffusion of residential photovoltaic systems in Dutch municipalities. The presence of energy cooperatives is positively influenced by the education level of individuals, as well as the share of seats a green political parties occupies in the Municipal Council and the presence of at least one Alderman who represents a green political party.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82451
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