DETERMINING THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY SELECTION IN AFRICA

M L Barry, Herman Steyn, Alan C Brent

Abstract


The supply of sustainable energy is crucial for sustainable development in Africa. The aimof the study summarised in this paper is the identification, and prioritisation, of the factorsthat must be taken into account when selecting the most sustainable technological systemsin the African context, by applying the Delphi technique. The questionnaire of the firstround was based on factors already identified during a focus group exercise with energyexperts. The Delphi participants were required to comment on the factors, add newfactors, and rate all the factors. The results were fed back during the second round whererespondents were again asked to rate the factors for feasibility, desirability, andimportance. The outcome is the identification of the most important factors that can beused by decision makers to ensure better selection of sustainable energy technologies andprojects. The top five prioritised factors are: Ease of maintenance and support over the lifecycle of the technology; Suitable site readily available for pilot studies; Projectmanagement; Economic development; and Access to secured suitable sites for deployment.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/20-2-758

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