Questioning the Sun: Unexpected emissions implications from residential solar photovoltaic systems

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Reaching carbon neutrality would require the retirement of conventional power sources and substitution with renewable energy sources. Given that immediate substitution from conventional to renewable power sources is not feasible in the status quo, we investigate whether adding residential solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in addition to conventional power sources would reduce residential emissions. We use a large survey dataset of more than 300,000 observations and employ a structural equation model (SEM) to validate our findings. Interestingly, emissions increase by 1.75% if residential PV is adopted, and Japanese citizens with residential PV systems end up using 3.02% more electricity. We also find that pro-environmental consumers may also produce more emissions with PVs. As a result, reaching target carbon reductions in the residential sector would necessitate eliminating conventional energy sources. We address the policy implications for pathways to reduce residential emissions.

本文言語英語
論文番号105924
ジャーナルResources, Conservation and Recycling
176
DOI
出版ステータス出版済み - 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 廃棄物管理と処理
  • 経済学、計量経済学

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