Mainstreaming Solar Energy in Small, Tropical Islands: Cultural and Policy Implications

1st Edition

Kiron C. Neale

Routledge
March 26, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 248 Pages - 20 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367364564 - CAT# 326412
Series: Routledge Studies in Energy Policy

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Summary

This book explores how cultural considerations can improve policy-making to achieve mainstream solar energy in small, tropical islands.

Focussing on Trinidad, Barbados and Oʻahu, Kiron Neale looks at how culture can affect and be affected by the policies that support the household adoption of two key energy technologies: solar water heating and photovoltaics. Drawing on interviews with residents and energy officials, and an examination of the institutional, socioeconomic and physical factors that affect energy systems such as governance structures and energy resource availability, the author explores themes including the impact of insularity on energy transitions and behavioural and cultural change. Overall, this book rebrands policies as instruments of cultural change and puts forward recommendations applicable to all small, tropical islands.

Following the islands’ transition to renewable energy, this book will be of great interest to scholars of energy policy, energy transitions, climate change, cultural studies and small states development, as well as industry professionals working on energy policy implementation.

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