Nontechnical Barriers to Solar Energy Use: Review of Recent Literature

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    This paper reviews the nontechnical barriers to solar energy use, drawing on recent literature to help identify key barriers that must be addressed as part of the Technology Acceptance efforts under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar America Initiative. A broad literature search yielded more than 400 references, which were narrowed to 19 recent documents on nontechnical barriers to the useof solar energy and other energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE/RE) technologies. Some of the most frequently identified barriers included lack of government policy supporting EE/RE, lack of information dissemination and consumer awareness about energy and EE/RE, high cost of solar and other EE/RE technologies compared with conventional energy, and inadequate financing options for EE/REprojects.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages30
    StatePublished - 2006

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-520-40116


    • EE
    • energy efficiency
    • energy use
    • literature search
    • non-technical barriers
    • null
    • null
    • renewable energy (RE)
    • Solar America Initiative
    • solar energy
    • technology acceptance


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