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close this bookRural Energy and Development: Improving Energy Supply for Two Billion People (WB, 1996, 132 p.)
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View the documentPolicies toward new renewable energy sources in rural areas
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As with some other forms of rural energy. the initial cost of acquiring the equipment constitutes a significant barrier to the widespread adoption of renewable energy sources The development of innovative financing schemes. including supplier credits and leasing arrangements. is thus a critical element of any renewable energy program Those who have studied the credit problem closely have concluded that subsidies are not needed, at least for small-scale applications for which renewables are competitive (Cabraal and Cosgrove Davies 1995)