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Investigating Renewable Energy in Nicaragua

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Alexandra McGee

on 7 May 2013

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Transcript of Investigating Renewable Energy in Nicaragua

Interviewing the Experts Renewable Energy Technology for Rural Electrification in Nicaragua So we're on the same page: Nicaraguan energy:
2006: energy rationing <12 hrs/day ; 2007: MEM
2012: 40% rural pop w/o electricity; ~45% <$1/day.
Current demand (2012): 525 MW (220MW RE)
Expected demand (2025): 7800 MW per year
Expansion needed, but costly. Off grid!
Available RE: 1,000 MW; Potential: 4,500 MW
2025 goal: 90% grid from RE.

Renewable Energy Technology:
active solar (modular; panels), passive solar (cookers), wind (cubic; turbines), biomass (biodigesters), hydro (both macro and micro).

Why:
education, health, empowerment, gender equity, economic opportunities, increased social and technical capacities. WHO 1) Co-Founder of Grupo Fenix
2) Founder of Appropriate Development Solutions
3) Founder of RIDS-Nepal
4) Employee of AsoFenix
5) Head of the Solar, Wind & Biomass division in the Ministry of Energy and Mines
6) Secondary Co-Founder of blueEnergy
7) Principal at Jacoby Solar Consulting, LLC
8) Nicaragua Program Director for Green Empowerment
9) Primary Co-Founder of Blue Energy
10) Founder of Appropedia and Practivistas Dominicana Program Analysis By the novice: Alexandra McGee WHAT Lessons Learned What to do (and not do) during an interview Selection
Previous contacts, research, snowball
Contacting
Cold calling, referencing snowball
Preparing
Hours of research to customize questions
Interview
Accommodated to their time, 10-20 questions (35 min - 3 hours)
Compiling Notes
Typed notes, accuracy checked with recording, began coding
Feedback
Emailed for verification, additional commentary
Coding (MAXQDA)
62 codes, compiled to understand frequency
Analysis
Stay tuned How: The Process Technical
Sometimes the audio doesn’t work, or it works but with interference
Have more than enough paper at hand.
Expectations of interviewee behavior
Don't expect answer lengths or answer orders.
Don't assume linear thinking. Be flexible.
Memorize the essence of your questions to recognize answers in unexpected places.
Expectations of your own behavior
Resist the urge to become a passive listener.
Try to compensate for language barriers.
Frantically scribbling is more time efficient than recording. Allows for more clarity.
Don't put off typing the notes.
Don’t eat pizza rolls before an interview!
Bring a good book.
Be flexible. Process: MAXQDA 11 8 interviews
10 main categories
62 Codes Interconnectedness
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