Selection of renewable energy resources for sustainable development with AHP tool for off-grid project:case of Ghana
Boussamba Massoussa, Jodd (2014)
Boussamba Massoussa, Jodd
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In this thesis, renewable energy alternatives are studied in order to address the lack of electricity access in rural areas in Ghana. Three renewable energy sources were selected: solar, biomass and wind energies. The objectives of the study are firstly to establish the criteria impacting the selection of renewable energy source for off-grid and on-grid; secondly, to identify the best suitable renewable energy source for an off-grid project in Ghana. The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) was used in this study in order to determine the suitable renewable energy source for rural electrification. The result obtained using the AHP tool present solar energy as the best renewable energy source for an off-grid project in Ghana with 42.35% followed by biomass with 40.77% and wind energy with 16.88%.