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Solar energy. Lessons from the Pacific Island experience



Andres Liebenthal, Subodh Mathur, and Herbert Wade

The World Bank

Washington, D.C.

Copyright © 1994

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Cover photo caption: A solar photovoltaic household system in Indonesia, similar to those used in the Pacific Islands.

ISSN: 0253-7494

Andres M. Liebenthal is a principal economist in the Latin America and the Caribbean Technical Department, Environment Division at the World Bank. He was formerly a principal economist in Country Department III, East Asia and Pacific Region. Subodh Mathur is an independent consultant based in Bethesda, Maryland. Herbert Wade is with the Division of Energy Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok; much of his work for this paper was earned out while he was the senior engineer at the South Pacific Institute for Renewable Energy, French Polynesia.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication


Liebenthal, Andres, 1947

Solar energy: lessons from the Pacific Island experience/Andres Liebenthal, Subodh Mathur, and Herbert Wade. p. cm. — (World Bank technical paper; no. 244. Energy series)

ISBN 0-8213-2802-6

1 Photovoltaic power systems—Pacific Area.

2. Photovoltaic power generation—Pacific Area.

I. Mathur, Subodh, 1951

II. Wade, Herbert, 1939- . m Title. IV. Series.

TK1087.L54 1994


94-13345 CIP