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A review of critical success factors for solar home system implementation in public housing

Abdalla Mahmoud Salim (Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, University of Sharjah College of Engineering, Sharjah, UAE and Sustainable Engineering Asset Management Research Group, University of Sharjah Research Institute of Sciences and Engineering, Sharjah, UAE)
Saleh Abu Dabous (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah College of Engineering, Sharjah, UAE and Sustainable Engineering Asset Management Research Group, University of Sharjah Research Institute of Sciences and Engineering, Sharjah, UAE)

International Journal of Energy Sector Management

ISSN: 1750-6220

Article publication date: 20 April 2022

Issue publication date: 23 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims at conducting a systematic literature review (SLR) to identify the critical success factors (CSFs) for solar home systems (SHSs) implementation in public housing projects.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is based on an SLR to identify the CSFs for SHS implementation in public housing. It reviewed published literature between 2000 and 2021. A summative content analysis approach is followed to analyze the qualitative content of published literature on CSFs for SHSs implementation in public housing.

Findings

The review outcomes identified a total of 44 CSFs, which are classified into six main fundamental categories, including political, financial, technical, social, marketing and environmental. The results indicated that government support is the most significant CSF for SHS implementation in public housing, followed by installation quality, maintenance and monitoring and effective policies and legal framework. The published literature mostly agrees that the CSFs are regionally specific, and stakeholders play an essential role in defining SHS programs’ indicators and success factors.

Originality/value

Lack of success and discontinuity of some SHS programs are deterring, especially for governments initiatives. Identifying CSFs associated with the success of some programs and understanding why other programs were less successful are essential requirements for improving the success of future projects. This study is intended to provide governments, policy-makers and program implementers with a list of the most significant CSFs for use when developing a success model to evaluate and measure the potential for investment in SHSs in the public housing sector.

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Citation

Salim, A.M. and Abu Dabous, S. (2023), "A review of critical success factors for solar home system implementation in public housing", International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 352-370. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-11-2021-0004

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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