Photovoltaic installations for the electrification of rural southern Mediterranean regions

Pietro Menna, Paolo Paoli

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A study for supporting large-scale photovoltaic projects in selected regions of the countries of the southern shore of the Mediterranean sea has been carried out. The schemes for the deployment of the photovoltaic installations, as well as the economic and financing issues, depend on the local socio-economic conditions and cannot be generalized from one context to another. An enlarged customer base, while requiring relevant organisational skills, provides economies of scale in procurement, sales and servicing. Despite this, the cost of the electricity produced by photovoltaic single-home systems remains higher than 1 $ kWh-1. For the analysis of a photovoltaic plant supporting the local electricity grid powered by diesel groups, a kWh cost of $0·6 has been used. The value of the electricity should be compared against its cost to assess the actual viability of a rural electrification project. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357 - 363
Number of pages7
JournalProgress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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