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Hamoir, Alexandre Emile T, 2023. The effect of guaranteed prices for green certificates on technology adoption : solar photovoltaic panels in Belgium. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics



There is rising concern about the adverse implications of climate change on ecosystems and human livelihoods. This concern has led to a growing emphasis on enhancing the generation of renewable energy as a means to foster sustainability in societies. As part of this endeavor, governments around the world have tried to promote the adoption of renewable energy through different policy instruments. Countries, such as Belgium, have implemented a market for green tradable certificates. Additionally, regional authorities in the country have introduced guaranteed prices for certificates awarded to household solar energy systems. Through a two-way fixed effects model, this thesis investigates the relationship between uncertainty regarding future profits and the adoption of solar energy. Results suggest a positive relationship between the value of the minimum price and the adoption of solar energy systems in households. With a total cost of over €10 billion euros, this result suggests that around 20% of the total solar capacity installed in Belgium between 2008 and 2014 was related to the policy investments in the country.

Main title:The effect of guaranteed prices for green certificates on technology adoption
Subtitle:solar photovoltaic panels in Belgium
Authors:Hamoir, Alexandre Emile T
Supervisor:Heijmans, Roweno
Examiner:Hart, Robert
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:1553
Year of Publication:2023
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM005 Environmental Economics and Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:Renewable Energy Sources, Technology Adoption, Solar Energy, Policy Evaluation, Tradable Green Certificates, Household Solar PV panels, Guaranteed Prices
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Deposited On:07 Sep 2023 10:27
Metadata Last Modified:08 Sep 2023 01:01

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