Start Date June 2010
Completion Date November 2010
Grant Holders: Robert Saunders, Masters student, Imperial College London
Main Contact Robert Saunders, Masters student, Imperial College London
The introduction of Feed in Tariffs (FITs) in 2010 and the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in 2011 have re-energised the market for smaller scale investment in renewable energy by guaranteeing a reasonable payback time for new installations. While these provide great opportunity for those with ready capital to spend, for the record numbers in fuel poverty or in the lowest decile of income, they may seem out of reach. This thesis searches the literature to highlight opportunities for, and barriers to renewable energy uptake in low income areas and builds a theoretical systemic model to investigate the influences involved. Two case studies of renewable energy projects in low income areas are used to test and modify the model before conclusions for policy makers are drawn.
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