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This is the final report of the first work package of the TaQSOlRE project called: Analysis and evaluation of solar rural electrification markets. In this first report of the TaQSolRE project, an analysis of the current status of solar rural electrification in developing countries is presented, focussing on quality aspects. It is based almost exclusively on an extensive literature review. At the end of 2003, an estimated 3.4 million households benefit from solar rural electrification, of which 2.4 million through solar home systems.

Combining survey results from different sources, it was found that 63% of the installed solar home systems are still working well, and 15% is not working at all. An overview is presented of field findings regarding the different technical- and non-technical problems causing these early failures of solar systems. Quality assurance activities have been implemented to a certain extent in a number of countries. But their impact on actual quality levels still remain under discussion. The document contains useful information for everyone professionally involved in quality aspects of solar rural electrification. It is especially useful in the planning stages of rural electrification projects. Designers of balance of system hardware will find data and background information on technical failures.

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