Period: 2016 – 2018
The study aimed at investigating end-user patterns of adoption of off-grid solar energy products in one district, each in the central and the eastern regions of Uganda.
The study aimed to explore solar energy product adoption patterns for off-grid rural users and if flexible consumer financing methods could help enable adoption of higher levels of access, If the use of off-grid solar products leads to improved communication by supporting the use of mobile phones and other similar devices, If, given the rise of mobile banking and pay-as-you-go sales models in the off-grid solar sector in East Africa, these solar products have the potential to increase access to mobile banking and similar digital financial services.
Activities involved Mapping of solar product’s distribution channels including markets, retailers and distributors in Kampala, Luwero and Pallisa districts, Phone surveys with solar users in Central and Eastern Uganda, Face to face interviews with solar users in Central and Eastern Uganda, phone surveys and face-to-face interviews are conducted using tablets.
More on the Energy Ladder Research: http://www.schatzlab.org/news/2016/10/uncdf-energy-ladder-research/