Feasibility Study of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Systems for Rural Villages of Ethiopian Somali Region (A Case Study of Jigjiga Zone)
American Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology
Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2016, Pages: 42-48
Received: Nov. 10, 2016;
Accepted: Dec. 9, 2016;
Published: Jan. 5, 2017
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Natei Ermias Benti, Department of Physics, Jig-jiga University, Jig-jiga, Ethiopia
Getachew Tadesse, Department of Statistics, Jig-jiga University, Jig-jiga, Ethiopia
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Study was conducted to assess feasibility of solar PV power system for Jigjiga Zone. The data required for this work (sunshine hours) was obtained from the National Meteorological Service Agency (NMSA) and analyzed using MATLAB software. The study revealed that the area has abundant solar energy potential (6.5 KWh/m2/day). Electric load for the basic needs of thecommunity, such as, for lighting, radio and televisionhave been estimated. As a result, based on the storage system, solar PV system is found as having a cost of energy about $12.09/kWh
Solar Energy, Solar PV, Sunshine Hours, MATLAB, Load Estimation
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Natei Ermias Benti,
Feasibility Study of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Systems for Rural Villages of Ethiopian Somali Region (A Case Study of Jigjiga Zone), American Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology.
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2016, pp. 42-48.
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