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Title: The diffusion of solar energy use in HK : what are the barriers?
Authors: Zhang, X
Shen, L
Chan, SY
Keywords: Hong Kong
Implementation barriers
Solar energy
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Energy policy, 2012, v. 41, p. 241-249 How to cite?
Journal: Energy policy 
Abstract: The world is facing the severe challenges of energy depletion and carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions, and solar energy is considered to be a promising source of renewable energy and effective solution. However, the application of solar energy is limited in practice due to various barriers. Based on data collected from a survey of practice, this paper identifies the key barriers to the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems in Hong Kong. These include "high initial and repair cost", "long payback period", "inadequate installation space and service infrastructure", "lack of participation of stakeholders/community in energy policy" and "lack of incentives by legislation and regulation". Recommendations for addressing these barriers are proposed. For example, the high cost of solar PV energy systems can be reduced by the development and mass production of low-cost fabrication technologies and high performance PV technologies. Solar thermal applications should be encouraged as they are much more economical than solar PVs. It is also recommended that the Hong Kong Government adopt strategies to encourage a greater use of solar energy systems. The results from this study not only provide useful information for the Government, the private sector and consumers in Hong Kong but are also likely to apply equally to other similar regions around the world.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/19833
ISSN: 0301-4215
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2011.10.043
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