Date of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

Public Health

Director of Thesis

Ona Egbue

Second Reader

Conor Harrison

Abstract

According to the EPA, direct energy production results in at least 25% of the world’s emissions. This refers to emissions produced by burning coal, natural gas, and oil for electricity and heat. With the increasing effects of climate change, sustainable energy is becoming increasingly important as the world shifts away from fossil fuels. However, implementation of renewable energy sources is not as fast or as widespread as necessary. This paper aims to identify feasible solutions to the problem of renewable energy affordability in Nigeria especially in growing megacities like Lagos to ensure long lasting and climatefriendly energy sources. Two major angles to address would be the argument of renewable vs nonrenewable energy with respect to affordability and then the best types of renewable energy to implement in Nigeria. A process of gathering data (through survey) was used to gauge community perspectives. The major options were between personal solar and community solar systems. At the conclusion of the survey, participants leaned towards personal home solar systems. In the end, participants behavior were most influenced by the cost of the system, the amount of government rebates and the security of the system. The income of participants also influence their willingness to adopt solar home systems and their maximum budget for purchasing solar systems.

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1

Last Page

35

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