Assessment of perceived characteristics of solar lamps in Khayelitsha

 

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dc.contributor.author Reckson, S
dc.contributor.author Madhlopa, A
dc.date 2014-04
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-17T09:28:30Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-17T09:28:30Z
dc.date.issued 2016-02-17
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/DUE.2014.6827764
dc.identifier.citation Reckson, S., & Madhlopa, A., (2014, April). Assessment of perceived characteristics of solar lamps in Khayelitsha. In Domestic Use of Energy (DUE), 2014 Proceedings of the Twenty-Second (pp. 1-6). IEEE. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17086
dc.description.abstract Energy plays a vital role in the socio-economic development of any nation. Nevertheless, many people do not have access to modern energy services for lighting or other applications. Solar lamps are an innovation of modern lighting services for low-income households. In spite of the benefits associated with the adoption of solar lamps there have been few attempts for the diffusion of this technology among South Africa residences. The objective of this study was to assess perceived characteristics of solar lamps from persons in non-electrified households in Khayelitsha, Cape Town (South Africa). Such households rely predominantly on paraffin lamps and candles for lighting. The authors wished to assess public perceived characteristics of solar lamps (relative advantage, compatibility, complexity and affordability in a preliminary persuasive stage). Primary data was collected through use of a structured questionnaire (respondents completed 26). Each response - from `strongly disagree' to `strongly agree' received an integer score of 1 to 5. In addition, data reliability was determined by using Cronbach's Alpha. Results indicated most respondents perceived solar lamps as more advantageous, compatible and affordable than paraffin lamps and candles. Answers swayed more towards `disagree' on the complexity of the technology. The values of alpha ranged from 0.46 (for affordability) to 0.84 (for relative advantage, indicating solar lamps had a significant perceived relative advantage over paraffin lamps and candles. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher IEEE en_ZA
dc.relation.ispartofseries Domestic Use of Energy (DUE), 2014 Proceedings of the Twenty-Second en_ZA
dc.subject lamps en_ZA
dc.subject lighting en_ZA
dc.subject socio-economic effects en_ZA
dc.subject solar power en_ZA
dc.subject Cape Town en_ZA
dc.subject Khayelitsha en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa residences en_ZA
dc.subject candles en_ZA
dc.subject low-income households en_ZA
dc.title Assessment of perceived characteristics of solar lamps in Khayelitsha en_ZA
dc.type Conference Paper en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-02-11T08:30:19Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Conference paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.publisher.department Energy Research Centre en_ZA
dc.publisher.location Cape Town en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Reckson, S., & Madhlopa, A. (2016). <i>Assessment of perceived characteristics of solar lamps in Khayelitsha</i>. Cape Town, IEEE. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17086 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Reckson, S, and A Madhlopa. "Assessment of perceived characteristics of solar lamps in Khayelitsha." 2014-04, Cape Town. IEEE. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17086. en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Reckson S, Madhlopa A, Assessment of perceived characteristics of solar lamps in Khayelitsha. ; 2014-04; Cape Town. IEEE; 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17086 . en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Conference Paper AU - Reckson, S AU - Madhlopa, A AB - Energy plays a vital role in the socio-economic development of any nation. Nevertheless, many people do not have access to modern energy services for lighting or other applications. Solar lamps are an innovation of modern lighting services for low-income households. In spite of the benefits associated with the adoption of solar lamps there have been few attempts for the diffusion of this technology among South Africa residences. The objective of this study was to assess perceived characteristics of solar lamps from persons in non-electrified households in Khayelitsha, Cape Town (South Africa). Such households rely predominantly on paraffin lamps and candles for lighting. The authors wished to assess public perceived characteristics of solar lamps (relative advantage, compatibility, complexity and affordability in a preliminary persuasive stage). Primary data was collected through use of a structured questionnaire (respondents completed 26). Each response - from `strongly disagree' to `strongly agree' received an integer score of 1 to 5. In addition, data reliability was determined by using Cronbach's Alpha. Results indicated most respondents perceived solar lamps as more advantageous, compatible and affordable than paraffin lamps and candles. Answers swayed more towards `disagree' on the complexity of the technology. The values of alpha ranged from 0.46 (for affordability) to 0.84 (for relative advantage, indicating solar lamps had a significant perceived relative advantage over paraffin lamps and candles. CY - Cape Town DA - 2016-02-17 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - lamps KW - lighting KW - socio-economic effects KW - solar power KW - Cape Town KW - Khayelitsha KW - South Africa residences KW - candles KW - low-income households LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PP - Cape Town PY - 2016 T1 - Assessment of perceived characteristics of solar lamps in Khayelitsha TI - Assessment of perceived characteristics of solar lamps in Khayelitsha UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17086 ER - en_ZA


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