Getting it right : models for solar PV energy delivery in British Columbia
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Despite a lack of incentives, solar photovoltaic energy is gaining traction in British Columbia. Privately owned home and commercial systems are on the rise and an increasing number of community led initiatives are experimenting with various models for solar photovoltaic energy delivery. Using the business model as an analytical tool, the present study explores the range of models by which individuals and organizations have begun to harness and distribute solar PV in the province of BC, and the barriers, bridges, and critical success factors for each. A number of contextual conditions are identified that have contributed to two general categories of models that have arisen: commercially led approaches that focus on customer owned systems (i.e. individual home or building owners) and community led approaches that focus on community owned and/or financed systems. The study provides insight for others wanting to implement solar energy for themselves or their communities.
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