The development impact might be the most important determinant on how to classify households. Unfortunately, at the present time there are very few studies that have been done on the impact of solar home systems or small lighting systems on development. It is well known that certain activities cannot be accomplished with the low power levels available through solar home or smaller photovoltaic systems. The question is does this matter, since such technologies are quite capable of providing household lighting along with radio or television. Should households with these low levels of electricity service be considered as having electricity by large development organizations? Or should technologies for such households be considered as “pre-electrification?”
|Student and Small Solar Lamp in Bolivia: Photo: GTZ|
The purpose of this posting which was prompted by a recent reader is to find out what type of household you think should be classified as “having electricity.” What is the minimum level of electricity necessary that a household could be classified as "having electricity?" Do you agree with international organizations collecting data on rural electrification that mainly households with grid electricity service should be classified as “having electricity?” Give your opinions or answer the poll below.