Energy Crisis and Household’s Perception about Solar Energy Acceptance: District Hyderabad, Pakistan

M. A. H. TALPUR, I. A. CHANDIO, F. BAIG, F. A. SHAIKH, M. NAPIAH

Abstract


Major cities in Pakistan are experiencing rapid growth of urban population, resulted in high energy demand and viable severe energy crisis.In this regard, easy retrieval of solar energy can play a pivotal role to cater the mounting demand of energy. Solar energy can be said as a topographical asset of Pakistan; but still,a low adoption of this environment-friendly source was observed by countrymen. Residential units are one of the major consumers of energy. Thus, public opinion can be considered as a key factor to judge the perception of renewable energy in any society. Therefore, it is obligatory to adopt the practices, which could explore the acceptance of renewable clean energy sources. Hence, the purpose of this study is to deliver empirical data about the social acceptance of clean energy, i.e. solar panels, by discovering the public opinion about solar energy. Hyderabad, Pakistan was selected as a case study. The Facebook-based Questionnaire Survey was adopted to procure data, and the sample size was determined with the help of Taro method. This study is imperative in a sense that it can be important for policy makers to have a precise knowledge about public perceptions towards solar energy. By investigating the public attitudes towards consumption of solar energy; it becomes easier to comprehend the future of solar energy practice in Sindh province, particularly in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

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