Abstract by Peter Shumway
Quantifying the carbon savings of non-utility solar and determining which statistical metrics should be used when determining which indigenous communities worldwide would benefit the most from non-utility solar.
The people that often pay the largest costs for the carbon emissions of the developed world are indiginious communities because they rely more upon the environment for their existence. For example, many of these indiginious communities are suffering from changing rain patterns and unpredictable game migrations. Sadly, there is very little quantitative analysis on how rural indiginious communities can gain access to electricity and eliminate current carbon dirty practices such as kerosene and generators. With funding from the Honnold Foundation, this paper explores the quantitative carbon savings of non-utility solar and determines which statistical metrics should be used when determining which indigenous communities would most benefit from non-utility solar. Understanding these metrics and carbon savings is key to helping non-profits such as the Honnold Foundation most effectively provide resources to these communities so that they can access electricity and have carbon savings.
Note: Dennis Tolley was not a direct faculy advisor. Instead, I applied the tools learned in class and private conversations.