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Public perceptions about renewable energy technologies in Nigeria


Abstract

Globally, there is a focus on generating energy from renewable energy sources in order to ensure sustainability. However, experience has shown that although the public generally accepts renewable energy technology (RET), there is also opposition to its implementation. Renewable energy education is thus essential for its successful implementation. This work is based on doctoral research which seeks to explore the Nigerian public’s understanding (inclusive of knowledge, beliefs, perceptions and attitude) of RET. A mixed-method approach was used and the work was based on the theory of reasoned action (TRA) and the technology acceptance model (TAM). The results shows that there are significant positive correlations between perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use and intention to use RET. Negative perceptions about the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), lack of information about how RET works, cost and corruption all created negative perceptions about RET among the public. There is a need for both formal and informal energy education in the country.

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