Appliance Ownership and Aspirations Among Electric Grid and Home Solar Households in Rural Kenya

21 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2016 Last revised: 23 Jun 2023

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Kenneth Lee

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Edward Miguel

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Catherine Wolfram

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 2016

Abstract

In Sub-Saharan Africa, there are active debates about whether increases in energy access should be driven by investments in electric grid infrastructure or small-scale “home solar” systems (e.g., solar lanterns and solar home systems). We summarize the results of a household electrical appliance survey and describe how households in rural Kenya differ in terms of appliance ownership and aspirations. Our data suggest that home solar is not a substitute for grid power. Furthermore, the environmental advantages of home solar are likely to be relatively small in countries like Kenya, where grid power is primarily derived from non-fossil fuel sources

Suggested Citation

Lee, Kenneth and Miguel, Edward and Wolfram, Catherine, Appliance Ownership and Aspirations Among Electric Grid and Home Solar Households in Rural Kenya (January 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w21949, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2725760

Kenneth Lee (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

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Edward Miguel

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Catherine Wolfram

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