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Trial
Field Before After
Investigator Nicholas Ryan Nicholas Ryan
Status On Going Completed
Trial End Date April 30, 2015 June 30, 2017
JEL Code(s) O12, O14, Q41, Q42 O13, Q41, Q21, C93
Last Published June 06, 2014 03:02 PM May 15, 2020 08:57 AM
Intervention End Date December 15, 2014 June 30, 2016
Primary Outcomes (End Points) Price elasticity of electricity demand, Electricity and energy expenditures, Health (Cough), Education (Schooling, Reading Comprehension), Use of mobile phones for micro-enterprise activity, Time-use patterns, Price elasticity of electricity demand, Electricity and energy expenditures.
Experimental Design (Public) The experimental sample consists of potential solar customers, living in villages with high potential for solar expansion based on their locations and low current electricity penetration. The first experimental procedure includes a survey of energy sources in potential villages and whether households are interested in solar and their willingness to pay. This will be followed by a baseline survey of randomly selected households to measure energy use and socio-economic conditions before the project starts. The survey has twelve modules covering demography, education, health, livelihood patterns, electricity usage, household income, mobile phone usage for business activity, and expenditure and willingness to pay for electricity. In that experimental sample, villages will then be assigned with equal probability to one of three treatment conditions: 1. Connection Treatment. All potential customers in a village are offered a connection to a solar micro-grid at the rate of Rs. 200 per month. 2. Connection + Subsidy Treatment. All potential customers in a village are offered a connection to a solar micro-grid at the discounted rate of Rs. 100 per month, valid for the first 12 months. 3. Control. No solar micro-grid connections are offered in the village for a minimum of 18 months. In the next phase, solar micro-grids will be installed and maintained for those households taking up the offer. We expect that take-up will be higher at the subsidised price of Rs. 100 per month than the existing price of Rs. 200. A micro-grid connects between 6-12 households to one solar panel array. An endline survey will be conducted using the same survey instrument as at baseline 12 months after the treatments begin and the first households in treatment villages get connections. The experimental sample consists of potential solar customers, living in villages with high potential for solar expansion based on their locations and low current electricity penetration. The first experimental procedure includes a survey of energy sources in potential villages and whether households are interested in solar and their willingness to pay. This will be followed by a baseline survey of randomly selected households to measure energy use and socio-economic conditions before the project starts. The survey has twelve modules covering demography, education, health, livelihood patterns, electricity usage, household income, mobile phone usage for business activity, and expenditure and willingness to pay for electricity. In that experimental sample, villages will then be assigned with equal probability to one of three treatment conditions: 1. Connection Treatment. All potential customers in a village are offered a connection to a solar micro-grid at the rate of Rs. 200 per month. 2. Connection + Subsidy Treatment. All potential customers in a village are offered a connection to a solar micro-grid at the discounted rate of Rs. 100 per month, valid for the first 12 months. 3. Control. No solar micro-grid connections are offered in the village for a minimum of 18 months. In the next phase, solar micro-grids will be installed and maintained for those households taking up the offer. We expect that take-up will be higher at the subsidised price of Rs. 100 per month than the existing price of Rs. 200. A micro-grid connects between 6-12 households to one solar panel array. An endline survey will be conducted using the same survey instrument as at baseline and the first households in treatment villages get connections.
First registered on June 06, 2014
Secondary Outcomes (End Points) Health (Cough), Education (Schooling, Reading Comprehension), Use of mobile phones for micro-enterprise activity, Time-use patterns.
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Irbs
Field Before After

IRB Name

Institute for Financial Management and Research

IRB Approval Date

September 01, 2013

IRB Approval Number

IRB00007107; FWA00014616; IORG0005894
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