Examining the potential for developing women-led solar PV enterprises in rural Myanmar

Pascale, Andrew, Urmee, Tania, Whale, Jonathan and Kumar, S. (2016) Examining the potential for developing women-led solar PV enterprises in rural Myanmar. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 57 576-583. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.12.077

Author Pascale, Andrew
Urmee, Tania
Whale, Jonathan
Kumar, S.
Title Examining the potential for developing women-led solar PV enterprises in rural Myanmar
Journal name Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-0690
Publication date 2016-05-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.rser.2015.12.077
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 57
Start page 576
End page 583
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Subject 2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Abstract Access to electricity is limited in rural areas of Myanmar, where the majority of the population live. Myanmar׳s rich solar resource and the recent price drop in solar PV modules indicate initial suitability for rural solar electrification systems to meet the electricity demand. In many parts of Myanmar, women are responsible for supporting the family financially. The ability of rural women in Myanmar to take advantage of solar PV powered services to improve their lives depends on concurrent progress towards addressing the many dimensions of gender equality – empowerment, health, education, opportunity, voice, representation, and livelihood-in rural locations. This paper examines the barriers of solar PV applications and the potential for women led solar PV enterprise development in rural Myanmar. Although the entrepreneurial process is the same for men and women in theory, in practice different factors e.g. social/cultural, religion, economic and educational ultimately result in the disadvantaged status of women-led enterprises. Therefore, widespread and long-term eventuation of this potential in Myanmar depends on a government committed to renewable energy resources for rural electrification and to diligently and holistically addressing geographical, political, educational, financial, ethnic and technical barriers to the empowerment of a rural, female population.
Keyword Myanmar
Solar PV
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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