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Residential solar energy use: barriers and incentives in a historical perspective Public Deposited

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  • Energy crises have triggered increases in solar energy use at various times in the past 2500 years. A surge of interest in solar energy was experienced in the United States in the late 1970's. This interest has since declined. Still, concerns about dependency on imported fuels, the environmental effects of current energy sources, and depletion of nonrenewable resources mean that renewed interest in solar energy may not be far off. Residential solar use is particularly attractive for reducing energy dependencies, so assessing strategies to encourage the greatest number of residential users is important. Past experience has shown that different conditions, or strategies, produce varying results ranging from widespread community solar use to limited upper class elite use. Diffusion theories provide a basis for understanding patterns of solar technology adoption. Studies of previous attempts to stimulate residential solar energy use are used to identify the barriers and incentives which affect the diffusion process. Physical, economic, and social barriers to adoption are identified, and alternative incentives used to reduce these barriers are evaluated in terms of their effectiveness.
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