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Bottom-up Initiatives for Photovoltaic: Incentives and Barriers

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2014, pp 108-117
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.2014.02.0010
Kathrin Reinsberger , Alfred Posch
ISIS - Institute for Systems Sciences, Innovation & Sustainability Research, University of Graz, Graz, Austria


When facing the challenge of restructuring the energy system, bottom-up initiatives can aid the diffusion of decentralized and clean energy technologies. We focused here on a bottom-up initiative of citizen-funded and citizen-operated photovoltaic power plants. The project follows a case study-based approach and examines two different community initiatives. The aim is to investigate the potential incentives and barriers relating to participation or non-participation in predefined community PV projects. Qualitative, as well as quantitative empirical research was used to examine the key factors in the further development of bottom-up initiatives as contributors to a general energy transition.

Keywords: Photovoltaic adoption, PV diffusion, Community power plants, Community renewables, Renewable energy cooperatives, Citizen engagement

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