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Do all forms of public attitudes matter for behavioural intentions to adopt solar energy technologies (SET) amongst households?

Robert Muwanga (Department of Management Science, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Johnson Ssekakubo (Department of Management Science, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Grace Nalweyiso (Department of Management, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Slyvia Aarakit (Department of Entrepreneurship, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Samuel Kusasira (Department of Management Science, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)

Technological Sustainability

ISSN: 2754-1312

Article publication date: 8 January 2024

Issue publication date: 26 January 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the effect of the different forms of attitudes on the behavioural intentions to adopt solar energy technologies (SETs) in Uganda. Although commonly examined, the effect of attitudes on people’s behavioural intentions to adopt SETs ought to be more distinctively examined to have a clear picture of how each of the identified sets of attitudes influences the adoption of SETs.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a sample of 360 households from three urban districts in Uganda sampled using a multi-stage sampling technique, data were collected using a self-administrated structured questionnaire. The data were then analysed using partial least square–structural equation model with SmartPLS 3.0 software.

Findings

The study establishes that more specific attitudes affect behavioural intentions to adopt SETs than general pro-technology attitudes. Results reveal that both pro-environment and application-specific attitudes matter for behaviour intentions to adopt SETs amongst households. However, the general pro-technology attitudes are not significantly associated with behavioural intentions to adopt SETs.

Practical implications

The results are important for producers and promoters of solar technology to craft appropriate promotion campaigns intended to increase the acceptance and usage of SETs. This means focussing on creating positive attitudes specific to particular applications and popularising specific uses of solar technologies.

Originality/value

The study provides an alternative approach to the general representation of the attitudes–intentions relationships by examining the differences in the attitudes developed towards the different aspects of these technologies as a substantial source of variations in adoption behaviour, which is rarely addressed.

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Citation

Muwanga, R., Ssekakubo, J., Nalweyiso, G., Aarakit, S. and Kusasira, S. (2024), "Do all forms of public attitudes matter for behavioural intentions to adopt solar energy technologies (SET) amongst households?", Technological Sustainability, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 96-112. https://doi.org/10.1108/TECHS-08-2023-0031

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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